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Waltham Forest united against hate

Residents are being reassured of Waltham Forest Council’s ongoing commitment to supporting and promoting community cohesion in the borough.



With some parts of the country reporting a rise in hate crimes following the EU Referendum result, the Council is reaffirming its pledge to help ensure this is a tolerant borough in which everyone feels safe.



Waltham Forest is one of the most diverse areas of the country in one of the most diverse cities on earth. Residents from all walks of life, cultures and countries call Waltham Forest home, and the Council’s overarching vision is to ensure this is a place where everyone can enjoy a quality life.



The Council is aware of the challenges it faces, and which lie ahead, such as dealing with a rising population, tackling hate crime and prejudice wherever they arise, and the risk that as the borough grows and changes, some people feel left behind.



This is why it is in the process of refreshing its community cohesion strategy and building upon the work it has already carried out to further strengthen the diverse and tolerant community everyone in Waltham Forest has helped build.



Cllr Liaquat Ali MBE JP, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Cohesion, said: “Our sense of community and of belonging, and the need to always treat others with respect, helps to make Waltham Forest such a great place to call home.



“We’ve been shocked and saddened to see the various news reports that have emerged in the aftermath of the EU Referendum result, indicating a rise in incidents of hate crime in some areas.



“This is not a trend we’ve experienced in Waltham Forest, but we remain vigilant and continue to actively promote community cohesion, signpost support services and work with local partners, including Waltham Forest Police, to ensure our streets are safe for all who live, work and visit here.”



Hate crimes can be reported to police by phoning 101, or in an emergency call 999.



For more information about organisations supporting victims of hate crime, visit the Council's website

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