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Working together to tackle Hate Crime PDF Print E-mail

Media Statements



Media statement from Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, in response to

reports of an increase in racially-aggravated incidents since Brexit result.

 “The UK has a long-standing commitment to stamping out prejudice-fuelled crime.

"I am disturbed to see reported rises in racially-aggravated and religious incidents across the

country since Friday morning. I am aware that Wiltshire Police is investigating a potentially racially-aggravated assault on

a Polish woman in Salisbury on Friday evening.

 “Some of these incidents are very serious, and suggest that there are people who feel that the result of Thursday’s vote

somehow means that this is no longer criminal behaviour. On the contrary, in or out of Europe, they remain crimes and

dealing with them effectively and robustly is a policing priority. I know my fellow Police and Crime Commissioners feel

the same way.

 “Wiltshire Police is committed to bringing cases of such assaults, abuse or harassment before the courts. To commit

such crimes is to risk a stiff sentence.”




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For immediate release

Working together to tackle hate crime

What is it like to be a victim of hate crime? Sadly too many people have experience of how it feels to be judged because

of their race and culture, their sexuality, or simply because they are different. 

Following the EU Referendum result last week there have been reports nationally of increases in hate crime although

there have been no indications up to now across the Avon and Somerset area to suggest this pattern is being repeated

locally.

Avon and Somerset Police works closely together with our partners and communities to stamp out hate crime, and

celebrate difference. Supt Will White, Avon and Somerset Police lead for hate crime, said: “Hate crime can have a

devastating impact on victims and their quality of life; it divides communities and neighbourhoods.

"We will always support anyone who is victimised and work closely with all communities to stamp out crimes

motivated by prejudice and hate. If you or someone you know is a victim please don’t hesitate, call us.”  

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I am appalled to hear the effect the EU Referendum

result has had on hate crime nationally. No one should feel judged because of their race, gender, sexuality

or, in this case, their beliefs.

“To bring an end to hate crime for good, it’s essential that the police know about any form of hate crime you’ve

experienced so they can respond. If you’re a victim of hate crime please know you’re not alone, help is available.

“Together we must stand united against those who incite prejudice and hate. We must celebrate our differences

and condemn those who discriminate.”

Local policing teams across the force monitor tensions in local communities and gather intelligence. To help them

do their job it is important that hate incidents - whether verbal, physical or on social media – are reported to us.

Improved recording of these crimes helps us to build a better understanding and improve services for victims in

communities where hate crimes are evident.

Anyone with information about a hate incident should report it either by calling 999 in an emergency or 101 in a

non-emergency, or in person at a police station.

We would always prefer to speak to people on the phone or in person but if contacting us online is the safest way

to get in touch victims can complete our online reporting form 

- https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact-us/report-a-crime-or-incident/

If you are unsure or uncomfortable about contacting us directly you can report through an independent agency

or online at www.report-it.org.uk



 
The referendum result today PDF Print E-mail


The referendum decision to withdraw from the EU is potentially of enormous importance to LGB and Trans+ people.

Since 1999 virtually every step taken by the UK government towards equality for LGBT+ people has been taken in response to rulings from European Courts, or as a response to EU directives on equal treatment. And this equality, these rights, have been underpinned and assured to us by our membership of the EU and the Council of Europe which owns the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, which Britain itself drafted in the 1940s and signed up to in 1950.

It is now clear that we are at the beginning of a process that will withdraw these protective frameworks from us all. We will have a great deal of work to do to ensure, during this transition period, that these rights and protections will be re-established, equally or more strongly, in UK law, so that we can continue to live safely as equals in the UK after withdrawal is complete.

Intercom will study the implications for our freedoms and our rights, and will publish our thoughts when we've got our heads round all this.

Important update: We understand the referendum result can be legally challenged via a petition to Parliament. Those who wish to can request Parliament to call a second referendum, on the basis that the majority was less than 60% and the turnout less than 75%. If you wish to add your name to the petition and request a second referendum, go to https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/131215.

At 11:00 this morning, 24 June, there are already nearly 85,000 signatures. The site is being rather slow, which suggests it is being overwhelmed.

If you would like to let us know your thoughts, use our Facebook page (Intercom Trust) or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Exeter vigil for Orlando PDF Print E-mail

Orlando, Florida — you are in our hearts

We are devastated by the terrible events in Florida over the weekend. Our hearts and thoughts are with all of you who have been affected.

With strong support from the Dean and Chapter of Exeter Cathedral, we held a vigil on Exeter Cathedral Green at 18:30 on Friday 17th. For the first time in history, a rainbow flag flew over the Cathedral, at half-mast.

It was a very moving occasion, with more than 250 attenders.

The event was launched by the Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Cynthia Thompson.

Other speakers, in order, were

  • Michael Halls of Intercom
  • the Right Honourable Ben Bradshaw, MP for Exeter
  • Dr Jonathan Draper, the Dean of Exeter Cathedral
  • Shaun Sawyer, the Chief Constable of Devon & Cornwall Police
  • Nate Burnikell, President of the Exeter University LGBTQ+ Society
  • County Councillor Barry Parsons, Cabinet Member for Equality and for Performance
  • Shirley Brewer of LGBTransaction, and
  • Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon & Cornwall.

Two members of the public, Julia Boas and Richard Smith, then read the names of the 49 dead. A minute's silence was followed by thirty seconds of communal cheering in honour of the dead, and in commitment for the future.

The Spectrum LGBT+ Community Choir then sang two deeply moving songs, after which we fell silent while the Cathedral bell solemnly tolled 49 strokes.

We are deeply grateful to all our speakers, and to all the supporters of the event. Between you, you made the occasion unforgettable.

There is extended news coverage, with photos and videos, at www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2016-06-17/exeter-honours-victims-of-orlando-shooting/. Thank you, ITV Westcountry, for covering this important event so well!


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