Call for res­i­dents to ‘stand up and be counted for anti-hate crime cam­paign

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CHESHIRE Po­lice And Crime Com­mis­sioner David Keane has is­sued a call to the res­i­dents in Cheshire to ‘stand up and be counted’ as part of a pow­er­ful anti-hate cam­paign.

The com­mis­sioner is join­ing fel­low PCCs, chief con­sta­bles, jus­tice part­ners and the pub­lic to con­demn the scourge of hate crime by tak­ing part in a na­tion­wide so­cial me­dia cam­paign called The Big Link-up.

The Big Link-up marks Na­tional Hate Crime Aware­ness Week

It sees pub­lic fig­ures, or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als demon­strat­ing their sup­port by post­ing ‘self­ies’ or group shots hold­ing a copy of the #NO2HATE sign.

Mr Keane said: “The whole idea be­hind this cam­paign is to show our sol­i­dar­ity and unity in fight­ing ha­tred.

“With the na­tion’s PCCs com­ing to­gether as one, we are send­ing out a pow­er­ful mes­sage to our com­mu­ni­ties that those who breed ha­tred and con­tempt are the mi­nor­ity and will find no place in our so­ci­ety.

“Ev­ery year, Na­tional Hate Crime Aware­ness Week gets big­ger and bet­ter and reaches a wider au­di­ence.

“It is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to show vic­tims of this aw­ful crime how se­ri­ous we treat their ex­pe­ri­ences and en­cour­ages more peo­ple to come for­ward and get help if they haven’t al­ready done so.

“Equally, it high­lights how re­pug­nant so­ci­ety views this crime and leaves per­pe­tra­tors in no doubt that their ac­tions will be con­demned and pun­ished us­ing the full arm of the law.

He added: “I’m pleased to see The Big Link-up re­ceiv­ing strong sup­port and ap­peal to any­one who works with the pub­lic – in­clud­ing our youth lead­ers, vol­un­teers and crim­i­nal jus­tice part­ners as well as res­i­dents them­selves – to join us in this sym­bolic re­jec­tion of hate crime.” ●

PCC David Keane with the #NO2HATE sign

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