The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens, Chief Constable Andy Marsh and Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees have come together to reassure local communities in the wake of recent terrorist attacks.
The joint statement follows the terrorism incident in New Zealand and the suspected terrorism incidents in Surrey and the Dutch city of Utrecht.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “Firstly, my thoughts are with the victims, their families, friends and all those affected by the terrible crimes that have taken place in the last week.
“As local communities, we are stronger when we stand together against terrorism. Those individuals who commit these awful atrocities do so to try and divide us. We are determined to show our local communities that both the police and I are here to answer their questions and reassure them that we are doing everything we can to make sure they feel safe.
“No one deserves to be targeted because of their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability. I urge anyone who witnesses a hate crime to report it and help us tackle it together. We will not be broken by hate.”
Chief Constable Andy Marsh added: “I want to reassure our communities that we have not received any intelligence to suggest that there is an increased risk of a terrorist incident happening in our area but as always I’d urge people to remain alert but not alarmed.
“The horrifying attacks have left many of us struggling to come to terms with what has happened. These evil acts being carried out at home and abroad are bred from ignorance and intolerance that can be directed towards any different group.
“We know events like this can lead to an increase in hate crime and we’ll be doing everything we can to ensure this doesn’t happen in Avon and Somerset. We’ll continue to work with local groups to tackle all forms of extremism and the toxic ideology which has such a corrosive impact on our communities. We cannot and will not let terrorism win.”
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: ““I want to reassure all communities in Bristol that we will continue to work together with our partners to make our city a place where all are welcome and safe.
“We are united in our continued belief in freedom, democracy and the right of communities to live together in peace. As a City of Sanctuary we wear these beliefs proudly and refute extremism in all its forms whilst standing together with all communities to reject the attempts of those who seek to divide us.”
The public can report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321, or in an emergency the public should always call 999.
- A hate crime can range from verbal abuse to physical attacks. Anyone can be a victim of hate crime. To report a hate crime please call us on 101 or visit our website: www.avonandsomerset.police.uk – you can also report through the True Vision website here: www.report-it.org.uk
Posted on Thursday 21st March 2019