Fenland campaign to oppose hate crimes

David Oliver, Ch Insp Mike Hills and Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite with members of Cambridgeshire police and Fenland Councils community safety team ANL-161014-121812001
David Oliver, Ch Insp Mike Hills and Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite with members of Cambridgeshire police and Fenland Councils community safety team ANL-161014-121812001

Cambridgeshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite and Fenland District Council cabinet member David Oliver came together to combat hate crime.

They were among those manning a stand at Tesco in March last week.

They were joined there by Fenland area commander Chief Insp Mike Hills, other members of the Cambridgeshire force and members of Fenland council’s community safety team.

The event was part of Hate Crime Awareness Week, a national campaign organised by Stop Hate UK and the charity, 17-24-30.

It aims to encourage everyone, including all local authorities, police services and voluntary organisations, to work together to raise awareness about the different ways to report hate crime and the support services that exist to help victims.

Mr Oliver, who is also chairman of the Fenland Community Safety partnership, said: “We know that too many hate crimes still go unreported. That’s why we all need to work together to ensure that anyone affected by it knows where and how they can report it and what support is available and that all perpetrators are brought to justice.”

Mr Ablewhite said: “I encourage victims and witnesses of hate crime to report incidents to the police without fear – you will be taken seriously and treated with sensitivity.

“Whether it is based on race, disability, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity – if it affects you, report it. As Police and Crime Commissioner I am committed to ensuring this crime is taken seriously and responded to.”

Chief Insp Hills said: “Protecting the vulnerable is the primary priority of the police. It is essential that the public feel confident that we take their reports seriously and do something about them.

“Hate crime in all its forms is unacceptable and we work closely with our partners to tackle it effectively and to protect individuals and communities from hostility, violence and bigotry.”