Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens joined the neighbourhood police team in supporting local people to stamp out hate crime in south Bristol on Saturday, August 20, 2016.
PCC Sue Mountstevens and members of her team, officers from Broadbury Road Police Station and Bristol’s Mayor Marvin Rees all attended Knowle West Fest to launch Knowle West Against Racism, a local, community led movement, which aims to support victims of hate crime and stand up to the people who perpetrate it.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I was delighted to attend this year’s Knowle West Fest, to see how the community is coming together to raise awareness of hate crime. It also gave us an opportunity to share the important message that if you are a victim, you are not alone and we are here to help. It was fantastic to join the neighbourhood team on Saturday – thank you to everyone who came along."
To represent the diversity of the local community people left their hand-prints in coloured paints on boards, along with messages of support for victims of hate crime and 200 multi-coloured balloons were released into the sky.
The hand-print murals will now be displayed in prominent positions in the community like the Knowle West Media Centre, The Park Centre and at Broadbury Station.
South Bristol's Neighbourhood Manager Inspector Nigel Colston said: “The majority of people in south Bristol are tolerant and welcoming people, who cherish the diversity of their local communities.
Unfortunately, there will always be a handful of people who think they can bully and intimidate people who they see as different to them."
“This event just goes to show how strong the community is here and how well people pull together when they see injustice. Hate crime is never acceptable and we will do everything we can to stamp it out.
“I would encourage anyone who is, or has been a victim of hate crime to please contact us, so that we can investigate and lend support. Alternatively, you can contact an independent agency such as SARI, the Brandon Trust, Bristol Mind or the LGBT Forum, who can support you.”
Alex Raikes MBE, who is the Strategic Director of Stand Against Racism and Inequality (SARI) said: “We were so pleased to be part of Knowle West Fest again this year. This is such an important and celebratory event which showcases the exciting, positive work and activities local people and organisations are achieving in the area. It was an opportunity for people from all communities, of all ages, residents and agencies to come together to have fun."
“We were there to let everyone know what we are doing in the area to fight hate crime. We want to send a very strong message, along with all our Knowle West friends, that there is no place for hate in Knowle West and we will do all we can to make sure this is the case.”
For more information about hate crime and how to report it visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/advice/threats,-assault-and-hate-crime/hate-crime/
Posted on Monday 22nd August 2016