Man who abused police call handlers then screamed racist and anti-Semitic slurs is jailed

Irfan Younis was given a prison sentence at Manchester Magistrates Court.
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A Bury man has been given a jail sentence for a string of hate crimes across Greater Manchester. Irfan Younis targeted a member of staff at a business in Prestwich, GMP call handlers, and strangers in the street with anti-Semitic verbal abuse.

The spree which began last year ended on March 23 when Younis, 44, entered a letting agency in Prestwich shortly after 10am and asked a female member of staff questions about the conflict in the Middle East.

When the woman declined to answer his questions and asked him to leave the premises, he verbally abused her using anti-Semitic slurs before making an offensive hand gesture and riding away on his bike, leaving the woman feeling deeply hurt and shaken. The woman reported it to police officers who were in a nearby shop and provided a statement describing the incident.

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Younis, from the Seedfield area of Bury, was also sentenced for two other offences. On December 3 2023 he called 999 on three occasions and verbally abused Greater Manchester Police call handers whilst again referring to the conflict in the Middle East. On December 5th Younis shouted racial abuse at strangers who were going about their business in Bury town centre.

Irfan Younis, 44, was given a prison sentence at Manchester Magistrates Court
Irfan Younis, 44, was given a prison sentence at Manchester Magistrates Court -Credit:ABNM Photography

In a statement the Crown Prosecution Servcie said: "In all his police interviews he sought to downplay his own actions, blaming others for provoking his outbursts but later pleaded guilty at court."

Today at Manchester Magistrates he was sentenced him to a total of 20 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months, for all three offences, including an uplift for the hate element. During the period of suspension he must complete a 12 month drug treatment order.

Marnat Ali, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West, said: “Irfan Younis persistently targeted individuals who were going about their daily lives in order to demonstrate hatred. By using hateful language, he caused distress to all those he targeted and by making the 999 calls, he effectively took the call handlers away from assisting those who genuinely needed their help.

“During the sentence hearing, we presented a community impact statement by the Community Security Trust, who work closely with the British Jewish community, to show the full extent of the harm caused. Everyone has the right to go about their daily lives without fear of hate.”

Younis was convicted of persistently making use of public communication network to cause annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety; racially or religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress; and racially or religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress.