Tube racist who shouted black people are pets unmasked as rich businessman’s son

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A man who was punched to the floor on a London Underground train after hurling abuse at black passengers is a builder who works for his wealthy parents' construction firm, it has been reported.

The shocking video, which was taken on Saturday, August 15, shows a man on a Central Line train at Bank station, aggressively shout at a group of people who are out of shot, in which he referred to black people as "pets".

Now, it is reported that the man in the clip is 31-year-old Billy Steele.

His mum Toni Steele told MailOnline that her son has already handed himself in to police and told officers he doesn’t want to press assault charges against the black man who knocked him out.

Speaking from her £800,000 home in Coulsdon, south London, Mrs Steele said: "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.

It is also reported that Mrs Steele’s son lives in a smart, gated block of apartments, in Mottingham, south-east London where flats occupied by city high-fliers sell for around £320,000.

He is understood to work for S&S Steel Fixing Limited, the family-owned business.

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In the clip, the man yells: "It's my home, all the way back. You know it as well."

Ranting some more, he shouts some incomprehensible words while flailing his hands wildly.

He then says: "What's your name? What's your name? Tell me your name. No, you're black."

A woman then questions his language, asking: "You're black, what does that mean?

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"What does being black have to do with anything?"

The white man screams "lesser than us" and then appears to call the passengers his "pets" while swinging his arms from the handrail.

He is then punched to the floor by a man leaving the tube, landing flat on his back with his mouth open. The clip has been seen more than 2 million times since being shared to Twitter.

In a second video that has gone viral on social media, the man walks up to a group of black men as they get off the train at Bank station and is clearly knocked unconscious by the force of the punch.

A woman laughs and someone says: "Well done."

“Don't help a racist,” a voice says off-camera while someone starts giving the downed man first aid and puts him in the recovery position.

Following the incident, a spokesperson for British Transport Police said: “British Transport Police 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 by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 167 of 16/08/20.”

A Transport for London spokesman added: “We are aware of this incident and will assist with any British Transport Police investigation.”

MailOnline reports that Mr Steele's neighbours said he "isn’t the most popular of residents in the flats" and he "hasn't been seen since the weekend".

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