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Enfield says no to hate crime

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07 July 2016

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Enfield Council is urging residents to report hate crime following a small increase in offences in the last two weeks.

Enfield Council is urging residents to report hate crime following a small increase in offences in the last two weeks.

The borough has bucked a national trend which suggests hate crime has become more prevalent since the EU Referendum result but senior politicians are appealing for residents to respect one another and remain calm.

Latest figures show that the number of racist and religious hate crimes rose from 14 to 17 in comparing the periods of 29 May to 11 June and 12 – 25 June but while homophobic hate crime also increased, reports of Islamophobia, anti-Semitic and disability hate crime all dropped.

Comparing 1 January to 25 June 2015 to the same period this year shows that racist and religious hate crime rose from 140 incidents to 160 incidents and homophobic hate crime rose from 11 to 145 incidents.

Reports of Islamophobia increased from three to 12 and anti-Semitic incidents increased from four to nine.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Community, Arts & Culture, Cllr Yasemin Brett said: "Enfield is one of the most diverse boroughs in London and we very much value our community cohesion which has been achieved through public bodies such as the Council and police and community and voluntary organisations working together to create a harmonious community.

"Racism, xenophobia and hate crimes have no place in our borough and we condemn these unequivocally. We will not allow hate to become acceptable and we would like to reassure everyone living in this area that they are valued members of our community"

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Public Health, Cllr Krystle Fonyonga, said: "While levels of hate crime in Enfield are relatively low compared with the rest of London, any type of hate crime is completely unacceptable and we are working with the police and others to do everything we can to prevent it.

"We recently launched a campaign encouraging people who had been a victim of hate crime to come forward so we could identify and prosecute the perpetrators and forge a stronger, more decent community for us all to live in."

Enfield's Hate Crime Campaign was launched by the Council in partnership with the Enfield Hate Crime Forum in March and focuses on tackling all forms of hate crime including verbal & physical abuse, vandalism, bullying, harassment and intimidation perpetrated because of the victim's race, faith, gender, disability, sexuality or transgender identity.

Residents can report hate crime by ringing police on 101, Enfield Council on 020 8379 4612 or through the new Self Evident app which is available to download from Google Play or the Apple App Store.