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.”
28 June 2016
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
there have been no indications up to now across the Avon and
Somerset area to suggest this pattern is being repeated
Avon and Somerset Police
works closely together with our partners and communities to stamp out hate
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
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
and condemn those who discriminate.”
Local policing teams across
the force monitor tensions in local communities and gather intelligence. To
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
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
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
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