Following the launch of a police investigation into racist letters sent to two families in York, Lib Dem councillors have called for action to tackle rising hate crimes across the country.
York Lib Dem Councillors have been appalled by the recently reported hate crime in the city and extend their sympathies and support to the residents impacted.
As the number of reported hate crimes continue to rise and divisive, inflammatory rhetoric continues to be used by public figures, hate crime must be recognised by the Government as the major threat it is.
As councillors continue to work to support our local communities, government must support the action taken by individuals in calling out all forms of hate and discrimination. This includes an extensive review of the hate crime legal framework within the UK to assess whether the current system meets the needs of hate crime victims, comprehensive resources and further training for police to identify and prevent hate crimes, as well as funding for charities and organisations supporting victims of hate crime.
Councillor Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure & Communities at City of York Council, commented:
“It’s incredibly saddening to see such mindless and unacceptable hate crime take place in our city. York is known for its welcoming and open spirit and is home to so many amazing and diverse communities which make our city the best place to live, work and study in the UK.
“We must work together to support our communities and continue to call out racism and hate in all its forms. No one should ever fear being abused or discriminated against; not in York or anywhere else in the UK.
“Whilst we as individuals can help battle hate crime by reporting it wherever it occurs, central government must also step up and ensure that all is done to improve reporting, promote community-led solutions and increase funding to public sector agencies and charities which support victims and minority communities.”
Any form of hate crime can be reported by anyone experiencing it or by witnesses to it via:
North Yorkshire Police by calling 101
Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or Independent UK charity taking crime information anonymously | Crimestoppers (crimestoppers-uk.org)
Via Supporting Victims by calling 01609 643100 or www.supportingvictims.org
Via True Vision at www.report-it.org.uk