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Raising awareness about hate crime

Waltham Forest Council is using National Hate Crime Awareness Week to reinforce its commitment to tackling all incidents of hatred and supporting people who have been targeted because of who they are or their beliefs.



Taking place between 8 and 15 October, the nationwide awareness-raising campaign asks people to challenge, report and ultimately help stop hate crime.



In Waltham Forest, the Council’s community safety team has unveiled a hate crime information video, which is supported by Waltham Forest Police, and is on display all week as part of a community roadshow in Walthamstow town square and inside The Mall.



The roadshow also gives residents an opportunity to give their thoughts on the issue through a hate crime survey, and encourages passers-by to take information cards home with them.



In addition, the Council has given hate crime resource packs to local housing providers and faith organisations in a bid to reach as many people as possible across the borough.



Cllr Liaquat Ali MBE JP, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Cohesion, said: “Our borough 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.



“Hatred has no place here. Our community utterly condemns it and will always work together so that no-one feels victimised, scared or alone.”



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.

If you would like more information about any of these press releases or have a different media enquiry please contact us at media@walthamforest.gov.uk or on 020 8496 3000.