September 26th, 2016

Redditch unites against race hate crimes

Redditch unites against race hate crimes Redditch unites against race hate crimes
Updated: 10:40 am, Jul 01, 2016

REDDITCH councillors, the town’s MP, police and shopkeepers have united against hate crime after reports of racially aggravated attacks were reported across the country since the Brexit referendum.

And although in the West Mercia Police area there have been no reports of incidents civic leaders have moved swiftly to prevent any occurring locally.

Borough Mayor Councillor Joe Baker and MP Karen Lumley both condemned any attacks saying they had zero tolerance to any sign of racism or prejudice.

Mrs Lumley said: “While I voted for an exit from the EU, I most certainly did not vote for intolerance in any way, shape or form.

“Immigrants over the years have added immeasurably to the richness of our country and our town, and to our economy.

“All of the reported acts we have heard over the last few days are outrageous and disgust me to the core, and I would like to think everyone in Redditch feels the same.”

Greenlands Councillor Baker praised Mrs Lumley for speaking out on the issue.

“What appears to have happened is that some people seem to think that this Brexit vote has given them a mandate to express these racist views without fear of being challenged,” he said.

“But this mandate of hate is not acceptable, it is not Redditch, we have here a rich and diverse town with a fine history of inclusion and it will not be tolerated.”

The leader of Redditch’s Conservative group, Juliet Brunner, said: “We in Redditch are proud to live in a diverse and tolerant society.

“Racism, xenophobia and hate crimes have no place in our town or country.”

Meanwhile ordinary citizens are doing their bit with social media alive with positive, united comments and one local resident, Sharon Harvey, taking to the streets to give Polish shops a message to say they are welcome in the town.