The identity of a white commuter whose viral video footage where he was seen hauling racist abuse at black commuters and was eventually knocked unconscious by one of the black commuter has been unveiled.
Billy Steele, 31, was filmed on a Central Line tube hauling racial abuse at three black commuters saying ‘you’re all going back’.
Steele, who is understood to work as a builder for S&S Steel Fixing Limited, a family-owned construction business is said to have voluntarily handed himself to the police who are investigating the incident according to his mother Toni Steele.
Speaking from the family home in leafy Coulsdon, south London, Mrs Steele confirmed: ‘Billy is on this video that has gone viral. He has gone to the police and owned up. He doesn’t want the man who hit him to be punished’’. ‘’He is getting help for his behaviour,’’ she added.
Billy’s neighbours said the construction worker had been in trouble before. Two years ago, he was thrown out of a pub for repeatedly pestering the barmaid and refusing to leave her alone.
Moments later, however, he stormed back in, ripped his shirt off in fury shouted at drinkers inside offering to fight them. The incident left him with a broken nose when burly drinkers punched him back out of the pub earning a permanent ban from the pub.
The British Transport Police are investigating the incident on the train, ‘We are aware of two videos on social media showing an incident on a Central Line Underground train on 15 August.
‘Enquiries are ongoing, and any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact BTP.’