Hate crime in Hammersmith and Fulham

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-07-20
Session date: 
July 20, 2016
Reference: 
2016/2660
Question By: 
Nicky Gavron
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

As you know, following the Brexit vote, the Polish Social and Cultural Association (POSK) in Hammersmith had the words 'GO HOME' graffitied on its front- it was discovered on Sunday 26th June. The community of Hammersmith has been rightly outraged by the incident which is just one of a number that have occurred across London.

What specific actions are the Metropolitan Police taking to measure and monitor incidents of hate crime against the Polish and other communities?

What specific actions are the Met and MOPAC taking to reassure this community that they are safe in London?

Answer

Answer for Hate crime in Hammersmith and Fulham

Answer for Hate crime in Hammersmith and Fulham

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have made my position clear that I will not tolerate hate crimes of any form, anywhere in London.  My Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime has been engaging with pan-London community organisations and has sent messages directly to communities and stakeholders, assuring them that City Hall and the MPS are giving the fullest attention to the reported increase in hate crimes following the referendum result and advising communities how to report any incidents.

I have also written to schools offering reassurance and support to them in continuing to ensure our children can learn in a safe and welcoming environment.

Immediately after the referendum, the MPS put in place a community tension monitoring regime, which includes the daily monitoring of incidents, and social media activity, putting officers on a more proactive footing.  Borough police officers continue to maintain contact with community leaders to provide reassurance, and put in place a visible and friendly presence in areas, and at times, when community life is most busy.

Senior officers last week attended a meeting in Ealing, the centre of the largest Polish and East European community in London, to talk about their concerns, many of which were about their fellow migrants in other parts of the UK rather than in London.  This dialogue will continue across London and will be followed up with further engagement events.

Finally, I want to remind Londoners that they should immediately report any incident of hate crime they witness or experience to the police, or the other outlets available to Londoners.