The man who asked Manchester police to deport him because he was fed up of living in the city has explained why.
Arash Aria told police at the desk in the town hall that he has been living in the UK illegally for ten years.
However, immigration checks found he did have permission to live in the country and he was subsequently released.
Speaking to The Telegraph, the 25-year-old said:
The people of Manchester have not been welcoming. It’s words, violence, many things. I try to ignore people but I’m fed up now. I don’t get the respect I should here. People are not friendly here in Manchester. When they are rude to me, I don’t like it. Particularly in the last year it’s got really bad. I try to be friendly and polite. But they just laugh at me because I am foreign and look at me strangely.
Aria said he is unemployed and on benefits, having worked as a waiter and a barman, and now plans to renew his Iranian passport and return to Shiraz in Iran.