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TfL and the police join forces to combat hate crime

The number of incidents of hate crimes committed in Hertfordshire have risen by around 100 in the space of a year - nearly 9 percent.

Detective Superintendent Dean Patient, strategic lead for tackling hate crime, told us: "Despite the increase in reporting, hate crime is widely believed to be under-reported".

In Bromsgrove, there will be a pop up event on the High Street on Tuesday, October 17, from 11am to 2pm, offering advice and information from professionals, information leaflets, and special "say no to hate crime" wristbands. Between April and June 2017, reports of hate crime on increased by 25 per cent compared with the same period a year ago (822 reports compared to 655).

These are the heart breaking words of Sukhi, a member of rail staff who was subjected to offensive, hurtful and racist abuse whilst on duty at work.

Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor for Policing And Crime said: "Hate crime of any kind has no place in London, and the Mayor has been clear that the Met police should take a zero-tolerance approach to it".

"We continue to work with the Met, communities, schools and local authorities to drive down these crimes, and are investing in improved services for victims of hate crime".

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd added: "Hate crime will not be tolerated in Hertfordshire".

Herts Police have released the figures to BOB fm at the start of National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

The police has 900 specialist hate crime investigators in all of the 32 borough community safety units and there has also been the appointment of a project coordinator in Barnet Mencap to coordinate activities to encourage people to report hate crimes.

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner said: "Hate crime doesn't belong in a civilised society". By speaking to local communities we want to reassure people that public transport is safe and welcoming for all. We must stand together, and anyone who witnesses or experiences abusive behaviour should report it to the police or the council immediately. Our message is: "Don't ignore it - report it". In an emergency call 999.



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