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Ryanair passenger whose rant went viral 'living in Birmingham'.

Byline: ELAINE MCCAHILL News Reporter

A MAN who was filmed racially abusing an elderly woman on a Ryanair flight has been identified and is living in sheltered accommodation in Birmingham.

Delsie Gayle, 77, who was called an "ugly black b*****d" and told "Don't speak to me in a foreign language, you stupid ugly cow", will now give police a statement about the incident, her daughter said.

Footage of the abuse taken by a fellow passenger named in a national newspaper as David Mesher was captured on Ryanair flight FR015 at Barcelona Airport on October 19, before it left for London Stansted.

When confronted by Mail Online, Mr Mesher hid behind his front door and refused to apologise, saying: "Go away, there's nothing to say".

Neighbours at his sheltered accommodation in Birmingham, where he had moved to from London's Barking, told the Birmingham Mail's sister newspaper The Mirror that the pensioner would blare out classical music and ignore their pleas to turn it down.

A spokesman for the South Birmingham complex said: "We do not condone abusive behaviour in any form. As this matter is now being handled by the police, we are unable to make any further comment at this stage."

Essex Police said on Tuesday that they had identified Mesher but did not release his name. They have passed his details on to their Spanish counterparts, who are now leading the investigation.

"We have worked to identify both parties involved in this incident," a force spokesman confirmed. Our officers will continue to provide assistance where necessary throughout the course of this case."

Spanish police spokesman said they were waiting to receive a formal complaint from the victim so they could launch an official investigation.

Delsie has since spoken out about her ordeal, which has sparked widespread outrage.

"If I had done that to him, I'm sure they would have called the police," she said. "I was shocked because I've never had that done on holiday before.

"I said 'Why?' Because of the colour of my skin, why he do that."

Daughter Carol, who was travelling with her mother, said he should have been moved or taken off the plane but claimed nothing was done.

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