Updated: 26/09/16 : 13:01:34
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World :: Corrie star sacked over racist tweets

Police have launched an investigation into "racist" tweets by sacked Coronation Street star Marc Anwar.

The actor has issued an apology for the comments he made on social media about Indian people, calling it a "moment of madness".

In a video he posted to YouTube, the Pakistan-born actor said the language he used about Indian people was "unacceptable", adding that he feels he has "let everyone down",

The 45-year-old, who played Sharif Nazir, was sacked from the ITV soap after bosses were alerted to his tweets.

The Sunday Mirror published screenshots of the alleged messages posted on Anwar's private Twitter account which appeared to hit out at India over Kashmir, referring to Indian people as "bastards" and "piss-drinking c***s".

Great Manchester Police have issued a statement saying they received a report of a hate crime.

'On Sunday 25 September 2016 police received a report of a hate crime.  Police have launched an investigation and enquiries are ongoing. Hate incidents will not be tolerated in Greater Manchester and should be reported to police' Greater Manchester Police

Speaking about the "racist" tweets, Mr Anwar said: "On Friday evening I saw, on the news, children being pulled out of rubble, people being pelted with pellets, women mourning their dead in Kashmir.

"This upset me very deeply and in a moment of madness I ranted out. I vented my anger.

"Again, the language that I used, I sincerely apologise for. But my feelings were very sincere for the people of Kashmir. And I hope that everyone that I have offended can find it in their hearts to forgive me."

ITV described the comments as shocking and said the actor would not be returning to the soap.

An ITV spokesman said: "We are deeply shocked by the entirely unacceptable, racially offensive comments made on Twitter by Marc Anwar.

"We have talked to Marc and, as a consequence of his comments, he will not be returning to Coronation Street with immediate effect."

Soap bosses are expected to do everything they can to minimise the actor's presence in the show until his character can be written out.