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Elderly Afro-Caribbean day centre receives racist threats

EVACUATED: Black residents in a Manchester day centre received threats this week [Photo credit: Manchester Evening News/Joel Goodman]

VULNERABLE AND fragile pensioners were forced to evacuate a day centre in Manchester after receiving threats of that older black people were going to get “f***** up”.

More than 20 elderly black people, some using wheelchairs, had to flee the Hulme-based African Caribbean Care Group after the worrying phone call on Wednesday afternoon (Jun 29).

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) are now investigating the call which was received by the centre’s manager Dorothy Evans.

In the chilling conversation, which was recorded by the charity’s phone system, the caller makes A threat to the city’s black community and bizarrely links it to the unprovoked attack on a bus driver on Monday (Jun 27) afternoon.

Manager Evans was stunned to receive the anonymous call telling her that people were going to get “f***** up” as a result of the incident on the 135 First Bus where a white driver was beaten up by two black men .

Evans, at first had no idea what they were talking about, yet feared there was an immediate risk to the people at the centre on Rolls Crescent so began to move people out.

She told The Manchester Evening News: “It happened about lunch time, he was blaming older black people for their behaviour and saying that people were going to get hurt because of it.

“It was very scary – we support people in the community regardless of race, people who are blind, disabled, vulnerable – and worried that there was a risk to those in the centre so we shut.

“The impact was huge, we also deliver meals to people and they were kept waiting because we had to get people out in case there was some form of attack.

“Some of those people have conditions like diabetes and need to eat so you can imagine how worrying it was.”

Some of the clip is inaudible, but the caller clearly tells the manager to warn members of the black community to "watch out" because people will be "looking for them".

It says: “ older people don’t seem to hold them to account, they say yeah, go on...

“ you gonna f*** them up that’s what you do. And then you say why do we be racist towards you.”

Unaware of the bus incident the caller was referring to, Evans apologises, saying she’s sorry he feels like that.

He replies: “Don’t be sorry, be sorry for the people that are gonna get f***** up tonight because of them two people who beat up a bus driver for no reason.”

Evans continues to ask the man what had happened, to which he tells her "if she has no brains" to go and find out about it on the internet.

He added: “Otherwise watch out tonight some people of yours are gonna get f*****.”

Before saying: “Tell people in your community centre watch how you go about tonight because there’s people who gonna be looking for you.”

Dorothy added: “I can’t get over how awful it was.”

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