Lancaster City Council passes motion condemning hate crime

Racism, xenophobia and hate crimes of any description have no place in our country.

That’s the message from Lancaster City Council following recent reports of racial/hate crime incidents in the district since the EU referendum.

On Wednesday (July 13) city councillors debated a motion condemning hate crime in all its forms. The motion attracted support from across the political spectrum and was passed unanimously.

The motion read: “We are proud to live in a diverse and tolerant society. Racism, xenophobia and hate crimes of any description have no place in our country.
 
“We at Lancaster City Council condemn racism, xenophobia and hate crimes unequivocally. We will not allow such behaviour to become acceptable. We will work with other bodies, Community Safety Partnership, Communities together, Lancashire County Council, Town and Parish councils to challenge such behaviour and prevent such crimes.
 
“Lancaster City Council wish to assure all of the district’s residents and visitors that they are valued members of our society.”

Lancaster City Council is also encouraging anyone who witnesses hate crime to report it anonymously at www.istreetwatch.co.uk.

The website aims to track racist and xenophobic harassment in public spaces to make incidents visible to a wider community.

Last updated: 14 July 2016