Security guard did not approach Manchester Arena suicide bomber out of fear of being branded racist

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The security guard working for Showsec, aged 18 at the time of the terror attack told police in a statement read to the inquiry sitting in Manchester: "I felt unsure about what to do.

"It's very difficult to define a terrorist. For all I knew he might well be an innocent Asian male.

"I did not want people to think I am stereotyping him because of his race.

"I was scared of being wrong and being branded a racist if I got it wrong and would have got into trouble.

"It made me hesitant.

"I wanted to get it right and not mess it up by over-reacting or judging someone by their race."

Paul Greaney QC, counsel to the inquiry, said: "If you were to approach him and he was some innocent kid, people might think you were racist?"

Mr Lawler replied: "Yes."

The Manchester-born bomber, Abedi, 22, dressed all in black and carrying a large, bulky rucksack, was spotted and reported to security at 10.15pm on May 22 2017.