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Community Safety Lead Welcomes Publication of new Hate Crime Action Plan

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Photo: Cllr Julie Gibson

“Tough on hate crime – tough on the causes of hate crime”

LCC Cabinet Lead for Community Safety, Cllr Julie Gibson, has welcomed the publication of the new Hate Crime Action Plan, recently published by Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP. The new Plan covers all forms of hate crime including xenophobic attacks and comes at a time when, post Brexit, the number of hate crimes is on the increase.

Cllr Gibson said: “Lancashire County Council recently placed on record its commitment to being a tolerant and inclusive County in a motion moved by myself at Full Council and passed unanimously.  I welcome the Government’s renewed determination to continue to tackle this issue.”

A hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on or perception of a person’s race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or whether a person is or is perceived to be transgender.

Cllr Gibson said: “New measures in the Plan include specific actions to target the “night time” economy, instances of hate crime on public transport and a new £2.4 million fund for protective security measures at vulnerable faith institutions.”

She added: “The difference with this plan is that it not only sets out to tackle hate crime, but to look at what causes people to commit such a crime in the first place. There is an emphasis on programmes to challenge prejudice and hatred and targeted work with young people to help forge good relationships between those from different backgrounds.

Cllr Gibson continued: “This early intervention work is of upmost importance and I welcome the fact that this has such a high priority within the new action plan. It is not just enough to be tough on hate crime – we also need to be tough on the causes of hate crime.”

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