21/02/2019 07:31 GMT | Updated 21/02/2019 12:25 GMT

Vaughan Dowd Pleads Guilty Over 'No Blacks' Graffiti Daubed On Door In Manchester

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A man has pleaded guilty to daubing “No Blacks” over the home of a family from Africa.

Vaughan Dowd, 54 had been charged with criminal damage and racially aggravated criminal damage, and appeared at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday morning.

The graffiti was painted on the door of Jackson Yamba who lives with his young son and his friend Theo Baya in Irlams o’ th’ Height, Salford.

It was only after Yamba tweeted about the abuse, and the lack of police response, that the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester apologised for the delay and local politicians became involved.

Yamba, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, has since been seen by a senior officer, the graffiti has been erased by the housing association, and the local community has rallied with a fundraising effort.

Yamba, who works for a law firm in Leeds, said his 10-year-old son had been left traumatised and in tears by the incident on February 8.

Baya told the Manchester Evening News he had never experienced racism in the UK before the incident, having moved here in 2011. 

He said: “They may be stereotyping black people, we are both educated, we were both solicitors in Africa. It is ignorance, a lack of education.”

Millington added: “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.”