Cabinet member calls for unity following EU referendum

Councillor Irene Walsh, cabinet member for communities and environment capital for Peterborough City Council, said: "Following reports in the national media of an increase in hate crimes and racist abuse across the country, the Prime Minister has made it clear that the country will not stand for intolerant, verbal or physical attacks on ethnic minorities.

"I fully endorse the Prime Minister’s statement yesterday and make clear that Peterborough will also not stand for hate crime or abuse directed at any individual.

"I want to reassure all members of our community that we take such behaviour extremely seriously.  We will not tolerate any incidents or attacks that seek to undermine the peaceful and respectful relationships that exist between communities of all backgrounds in Peterborough.  Migrant communities have made a significant contribution to the city and fulfil an important role in our public services, businesses, heritage, culture and faith.

"I understand that this is a period of uncertainty for many people, and that many may be feeling worried.  By working together and continuing to have mutual respect and common resolve, we will face the challenges of the next few months in a united and dignified way.

"Peterborough has a proud history of being a peaceful, welcoming and respectful place to live, work and visit and together we must do all that we can to ensure this continues.

"If you need to report any incident of hate crime, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, the police on 101, or 999 in an emergency."

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