Statement from Plymouth City Council:
Councillor Dave Downie, Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Communities for Plymouth City Council, said: “We are not aware of a significant increase in racist incidents in Plymouth since the referendum but a very small number have been reported. Any incident of hate is completely unacceptable and we will act quickly with our colleagues in the police to deal with reports where appropriate.
“Plymouth is a diverse and welcoming city and it is essential that all our residents and visitors can feel safe. Hate crime such as bullying and harassment, graffiti, anti-social behaviour, name calling and vandalism will not be tolerated.
“We would urge anyone who feels they have been a victim of hate crime or discrimination because of their race, faith or belief, disability, sexual orientation, or if they are transgender, to report it immediately.
“If anyone is a victim of a hate incident or witnesses one, contact our Social Inclusion Unit on 01752 304321 or email email@example.com
More information on reporting incidents is available on our website herehttp://www.plymouth.gov.uk/homepage/communityandliving/socialinclusion/hatecrime.htm
Statement from Devon and Cornwall Police:
We are 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 religious discriminatory basis and some negative social media postings of a similar nature. We recognize that this behaviour may be unsettling to our diverse communities and they may feel particularly vulnerable and anxious at this time. 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 minority groups and we are keen for these to be reported at the earliest opportunity. We urge communities, 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:
SMS/Text: 999 – if you are Deaf/hard of hearing or speech impaired
SMS/Text: 67101 – if you are Deaf/hard of hearing or speech impaired
To make a Third Party Report