Ryanair abuse man is Birm­ing­ham res­i­dent

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A MAN who was filmed racially abus­ing an el­derly woman on a Ryanair flight has been iden­ti­fied as a res­i­dent of a shel­tered ac­com­mo­da­tion in Birm­ing­ham.

Delsie Gayle, 77, who was called an “ugly black b******” and told “don’t speak to me in a for­eign lan­guage, you stupid ugly cow”, will now be able to give po­lice a state­ment about the in­ci­dent, her daugh­ter said.

Footage of the in­ci­dent taken by a fel­low pas­sen­ger was cap­tured on Ryanair flight FR015 at Barcelona Air­port on Oc­to­ber 19, be­fore it left for Lon­don Stansted.

The man has now been named by the Mirror as David Mesher, who lives in Birm­ing­ham.

When con­fronted, Mesher hid be­hind his front door and re­fused to apol­o­gise to Ms Gale.

He said: “Go away, there’s noth­ing to say”.

Es­sex po­lice said they had iden­ti­fied Mesher but did not re­lease his name.

They have passed his de­tails onto their Span­ish coun­ter­parts who are now lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Mean­while, Span­ish po­lice say they are wait­ing to re­ceive the com­plaint by the Bri­tish pen­sioner be­fore mov­ing ahead with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

An Es­sex po­lice state­ment read: “We have worked to iden­tify both par­ties in­volved in this in­ci­dent and passed this in­for­ma­tion to the Span­ish au­thor­i­ties, who are lead- ing on this in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Our of­fi­cers will con­tinue to pro­vide as­sis­tance where nec­es­sary through­out the course of this case.”

A Span­ish po­lice spokesman con­firmed they were wait­ing to re­ceive the for­mal com­plaint from the vic­tim so they could launch a for­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The spokesman said they had been con­tacted by Bri­tish po­lice to say pa­per­work was be­ing sent but they didn’t ex­pect it to ar­rive for a few days.

Ms Gayle has since spo­ken out about her or­deal which has sparked wide­spread out­rage.

She ar­gued “if I had done that to him I’m sure they would have called the po­lice”.

> The man on the Ryanair flight

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