£1,000 Bounty To Find Racist Who Defaced George Floyd Mural In Manchester

The portrait by street artist Akse was daubed with racist graffiti weeks after being painted in the city's Northern Quarter.

A George Floyd mural in Manchester was defaced overnight with racist graffiti – with a £1,000 bounty being offered to bring the perpetrator to justice.

Sacha Lord, founder of The Warehouse Project and a Greater Manchester night-time economy adviser, said in a tweet the “scumbag” that painted the N-word over the artwork “does not represent Manchester”.

He added: “The good news is the area is hugely condensed with CCTV. I’ll offer up £1,000 for any info leading to an arrest. DMs open.”

The portrait by street artist Akse was painted in Manchester’s Stevenson Square in the weeks following the death of George Floyd on May 25.

Greater Manchester Police have launched an investigation into the graffiti, but have yet to arrest anyone.

Councillor Nigel Murphy, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, described the act as “utterly sickening”, adding: “We are currently reviewing CCTV footage in the area and we will do everything we can to find out who committed this abhorrent crime.

“Manchester is a place that celebrates our diversity and we will not tolerate hate in our city.”

Murphy said the mural had already been restored.