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We the undersigned petition Reigate and Banstead Borough Council to Publicly condemn racist and xenophobic attacks and hate crimes, and table a motion to this effect at the next meeting of the Borough Council. More details
Petition update from the council, 28 July 2016Dear Petitioners,
Re: Petition to ‘Tell your council to stand against hate’
Thank you for submitting the petition on behalf of Amnesty International requesting a motion to ‘stand against hate’. The procedure for petitions of this size is that they receive a response from the appropriate Officer.
Clearly we all agree with many of the sentiments expressed, and will continue to do what we can to combat the problem. We would urge anyone suffering any racist, xenophobic or other hate crime – or anyone who witnesses such actions to report them to Surrey Police and the relevant local authorities where necessary. Any hate incidents reported to us directly are recorded and reported directly to Surrey Police.
Surrey Police are keen to ensure that all hate incidents and hate crimes towards individuals from all of the minority groups are reported at the earliest opportunity and they urge communities and individuals to work with us to report any hate incidents and to ensure that anyone who may be a victim of such behaviour receives the help and support they need.
To report an incident or crime, please contact Surrey Police at:
Web reporting: http://www.surrey.police.uk/
Online hate crime reporting form: http://www.report-it.org.uk/home
Citizens Advice’s website has some useful information on racist and religious hate crime: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/discrimination/hate-crime/racist-and-religious-hate-crime/
I hope the actions outlined help put your mind at rest that Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is doing all it can to prevent hate crime in Surrey.
Licensing & Regulation Manager
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Tell Your Council to Stand Against Hate
We are very concerned about the recently reported rise of racist and xenophobic incidents and hate crimes across the country. We believe that we all have a duty to stand up and stamp out racism and xenophobia. We ask you to please table a motion at your next Borough Council meeting, saying:
'We are proud to live in a diverse and tolerant society. Racism, xenophobia and hate crimes have no place in our country. Our council condemns racism, xenophobia and hate crimes unequivocally. We will not allow hate to become acceptable. We will work to ensure that local bodies and programmes have the support and resources they need to fight and prevent racism and xenophobia. We reassure all people living in this area that they are valued members of our community.'
We call on you to publicly condemn any such attacks and make it clear what steps the council will take to tackle racist, xenophobic and criminal behaviour.