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We will have no tolerance for hate crime or abuse of any kind

29 Jun 2016

Victims and those feeling vulnerable will receive support from the police and offenders can expect a strong response and enhanced sentencing.

National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Hate Crime, Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said:

"There was an increase in reports of hate crime over the weekend to True Vision, the national online reporting site, and some disgraceful examples of racial abuse have been reported around the country this week. We are closely monitoring the situation and are working with forces to get a fuller picture of tensions and hate crime.

"We will have no tolerance for hate crime or abuse of any kind.  Victims and those feeling vulnerable will receive support from the police and offenders can expect a strong response and enhanced sentencing. We urge anyone who experiences this behaviour to report it by calling the police on 101 or using our True Vision website (www.report-it.org.uk). You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always dial 999.

"The Government commitment to a new action plan to tackle to hate crime recognises the need for a range of organisations to come together and work closely with those affected by hate crime to increase reporting and prevent abuse."