Sheffield lorry driver ‘no longer working’ for firm as police investigate ‘racist’ attack

A Sheffield demolition firm says a truck driver accused of racially abusing a horrified NHS worker is ‘no longer working’ for the firm.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 7:13 am

Adnan Hussain says he was driving in Grimesthorpe, near the junction of Carlisle Street East and Hollywell Road, when the man in question launched a volley of abuse, telling him to ‘get back to your own country’ and using a racial slur which we have chosen not to repeat.

Mr Hussain, who works as a call handler for NHS 111, and his passenger Ibrar Hussain, a former Sheffield councillor, say they were sickened by his actions and drove immediately to Brocklebank & Co Demolition Ltd on nearby Bland Street to report the incident to his superiors last Friday, February 26.

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Adnan Hussain says he was left feeling 'degraded' and 'insulted' after being racially abused by a truck driver in Sheffield

While there, they saw the driver and confronted him, filming his response before sharing the footage on YouTube.

When asked by Ibrar Hussain ‘was there a need to be racist’, the driver is seen replying ‘I can do what I want’ before telling him to ‘f*** off or I’ll drive the wagon through your car’.

The Star contacted the company, where a woman who told the paper she was a director but declined to give her name, said: “It’s a very sensitive issue. The police are dealing with it on our behalf. The driver no longer works for our company.”

She would not comment further and did not clarify whether that meant the driver had been sacked, suspended or simply moved on in the wake of what happened.

Adnan Hussain said: “I’ve been racially abused before but never anything like this. It’s really got to me and left me feeling degraded, insulted and less of a human than him.

"I was born and bred in this country and have worked all my life. I wanted to highlight this to raise awareness that racism’s still happening and we need to stand together against it.”

Ibrar Hussain said: “What the driver said was shocking, unacceptable and incredibly hurtful, yet when we confronted him about it he didn’t seem bothered and made no effort to apologise.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said an investigation was underway and enquiries were ongoing following a report that a man had been subjected to racial abuse on Upwell Lane last Friday at around 4pm.