Racist, religious and faith motivated hate crimes were already rising in Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea over the past year due to international events and the lead up to the divisive European Union Referendum campaign, but after the Brexit vote on 23rd May, a substantial minority of misguided people in London and the UK believe they have the right to racially abuse and attack anyone they decide is either not British or should not be present in the UK.
Kensington and Chelsea Labour Councillors will absolutely not tolerate any sort of racist or discriminatory behaviour or attacks against the residents and communities that we are elected to represent, nor tolerate hate crime behaviour against visitors and people who work in the Borough and who commute from other parts of London.
Labour Councillors have held meetings with Kensington and Chelsea’s Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Tariq Sarwar, to impress on him the importance of the police taking action to protect our residents, their places of worship and community centres from the possibility of hate crime incidents at this time.
The police have assured Councillors that they will not tolerate hate crime now or at any time, that they are carrying out hate crime reviews every 24 hours, that there are extra police patrols on the streets, and that they are working with Ward Councillors, the Council and leading community members to give reassurance and support.
Labour Councillor, Pat Mason, who is also Chair of the Council’s Crime and Disorder Committee, said:
“We have had some hate incidents in the Borough in recent days, including racist graffiti sprayed on a school in Golborne, so I have to say that if anyone is caught doing this or racially abusing or attacking our residents, they will face the wrath of local people and the full force of the law. There are more than 40 different nationalities living in peaceful togetherness in RBKC and North Kensington and we are not going to tolerate anyone who thinks they have the right to play out their twisted views on our streets”.
Labour Councillor Emma Dent Coad, who also sits on the Crime and Disorder Committee, said: ‘We must establish zero tolerance for hate crime. Please report it immediately with as full a description as possible, with photos if this does not put you in danger. Call the police on 101, or do not hesitate to call 999 if violence is threatened. Some of us are wearing a safety pin to denote that we will stand against hate crime and intervene if we can. Remember that making racist comments is a crime; report it.’