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Police arrest suspect in racist graffiti investigation

PICTURED: The racist graffiti painted on Jackson Yamba's front door

A MAN has been arrested in connection to the spray painting of racist graffiti on the home of a black family in Salford.

The racist message – “No blacks” – was painted on the front door of lawyer Jackson Yamba and his 10-year-old son.

The suspect, who is aged 54, was arrested today (Wednesday 20) on suspicion of racially aggravated criminal damage.

After tweeting about his frustration that Greater Manchester Police had not investigated the incident more than a week after it took place and reportedly telling him there were “no staff” to do so, Yamba was contacted by chief constable Ian Hopkins, who apologised.

Hopkins said: “Jackson, I have only just seen this and can only apologise. I have asked the duty assistant chief constable to ensure we visit you and investigate immediately. I have asked for a personal update as to why we haven't done so to date.”

PICTURED: Jackson Yamba and his son, David

In a statement released today, Supt Howard Millington of GMP’s Salford Division said: “While we have a man in custody, our enquiries into this deplorable crime are very much ongoing. 

“I want to emphasise that we are acutely aware of the strength of public feeling surrounding this incident. 

"Both CID and neighbourhood officers are looking into this crime and we are working closely with our partners to support the victim, as is the case in all hate crimes. 

"Let me reassure people that where incidents of this nature take place, we will always pursue a prosecution. 

“If you have information which could assist the police with our investigation, please contact us as soon as you can.”  

In the wake of the incident, Yamba and his son, David, have received an outpouring of support.

Reacting to the news of the arrest and thanking well-wishers, Yamba wrote on Twitter: “My son I are very grateful for your ongoing support, kind messages and solidarity displayed across Salford, the country and all over the world.”

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