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APPG on Hate Crime Report Hate Crime and Community…

The APPG report summarises hundreds of submissions that were received by organisations working in the area of hate crime work or with an interest in this area. With rising levels of hate crimes across various protected characteristics, and within a shifting and unstable political landscape, the findings paint a picture of real risk that can impact on communities and on social cohesion in our country. The report also reviews the impact of hate crimes on feelings of marginalisation which they exacerbate when the victim feels that they have not got access to justice. This can lead to a rise in extremism and vulnerabilities to it.

Statement from PDREC following EU Referendum

The staff and Board of Trustees at the Plymouth and Devon Racial Equality Council would like to issue this message of support, solidarity and reassurance to all the diverse residents of Plymouth and Devon.

Following the results of the U.K. Referendum, we have been carefully monitoring both local and national news concerning a rise in reported racist incidents, and listening carefully to the stories and experiences of our own clients. It is also very important to note that many distressing racist incidents are not reported, for a variety of reasons.

Many of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities and individuals, (including those from Eastern Europe) have expressed feelings of hurt, fear and bewilderment at the apparent rise in xenophobia and racism following the decision to leave the EU.

It would seem that some far right extremists are using this decision to legitimise racial violence and intimidation, and there have been a number or reports of this nature in our own locality. PDREC, however, stands firm with its partner organisations, including local BAME communities, to publicly condemn any act of hate, and to reiterate our message that all are welcome within our vibrant and multicultural locality, which has been enriched by people from a huge range of cultures and ethnicities. We offer our range of services, including a free and confidential advocacy service, to anyone who feels they have been a victim of racial abuse, and we urge anyone who witnesses such an incident to report it to ourselves or the police.

We are aware that the majority of local people are appalled by this apparent wave of bigotry, and that, by our collective actions, we can challenge and defeat such ignorance, and instead continue to concentrate on working with our neighbours to induce harmony and mutual respect.

Statement from Devon and Cornwall Police

Devon and Cornwall Police is aware that since the outcome of last Friday’s European Union referendum some parts of the country have seen an increase in the number of hate incidents and hate crimes, mainly of a racist or religiously discriminatory basis and some negative social media postings of a similar nature.
We recognise that this behaviour may be unsettling to our diverse communities. They may feel particularly vulnerable and anxious at this time, but we wish to reassure our communities that whilst there have been no increased reports of such activity within our force area we continue to closely monitor the situation.
Our Diverse Communities Teams and Neighbourhood Teams are working hard to provide support and reassurance to all our communities.
It is vital that we all work closely to promote the message that any instances of ‘hate’ such as abuse, harassment or violence are completely unacceptable and will be dealt with robustly, with a zero tolerance approach.
We encourage reports of all hate incidents and hate crimes towards individuals from all minority groups and we are keen for these to be reported at the earliest opportunity.
We urge communities, our key networks and independent advisors to work with us to report any ‘hate’ incidents and ensure that anyone who may be a victim of such unwanted behaviour will receive the help and support they need.

To report an incident or crime , please contact us:
Telephone: 999
SMS/Text: 999 – if you are Deaf/hard of hearing or speech impaired

Non Emergency
Telephone: 101
SMS/Text: 67101 – if you are Deaf/hard of hearing or speech impaired
To make a Third Party Report