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Polish ambassador calls for UK to condemn Huntingdon 'no more Polish vermin' cards

The cards were left in parts of Huntingdon following the EU result. Credit: Twitter (@howgilb)/PA

The Polish ambassador has called on the government to condemn a series of hate crimes after the EU result - including some that took place in Cambridgeshire.

Police there have met with the Polish community after signs saying "No more Polish vermin" were allegedly handed out outside primary schools in Huntingdon and posted through letter boxes.

Officers say they're working closely with the local community, and "are doing everything possible to ensure those responsible are caught."

They have also warned that anyone found guilty could face up to seven years in prison.

Following the incident, the Polish ambassador Witold Sobków has tweeted that he expects the British government to deplore what's happened.

He also revealed that the issue will be discussed in high-level talks today.

The headmaster and chairman of the governors at St Peter's School in Huntingdon o near where the posters were found has issued the following statement:

We want to make it absolutely clear that the messages in these leaflets are not promoted within our school. The whole St Peter’s community finds such attitudes abhorrent. Staff, as educators, believe implicitly in students upholding British values of respect, responsibility, democracy and harmony while highlighting the benefits of living in a multicultural society.

Education at St Peter’s is based on our ethos of supporting students to become successful adults. We embrace students from more than twenty different countries speaking almost thirty languages, and we are currently hosting 45 students from China and Spain. With twenty per cent of our students born outside of the United Kingdom, St Peter’s reflects the growing multicultural landscape of our country. To ensure our students receive the best possible care, support and academic guidance, St Peter’s also employs staff from six countries. This has allowed the quality of our students’ learning experience to improve significantly in a short period.

We believe in the benefit of increasing the cultural experience of all young people. We are committed to all students and staff working together to expand students’ perspectives of the world and we ensure our young people become successful adults promoting ethnic and cultural harmony wherever in the world they move on to.

– St Peter's School

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