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EU vote prompts hate crime warning in Norfolk

Norfolk Police are among those issuing a zero-tolerance warning on hate crime. Credit: PA Archive.

Police, politicians and education leaders have all warned of a zero-tolerance approach to hate crimes in Norfolk following the EU referendum result.

Nationally, there has been a rise in the number of incidents reported. In Cambridgeshire, racist leaflets have been posted through letterboxes and left on car windscreens.

It is thought the spike in reports is linked the the result of last month's vote when Britain decided to leave the European Union.

Police in Norfolk say they have only had "a small number of reports" but civic leaders in Norfolk hope to ward off unwelcome behaviour with these warnings:

"Hate crime will not be tolerated in any form. What was considered a hate crime last week will still be considered a hate crime this week and officers and staff will do everything within their powers to bring those who commit such crimes before the courts."

– Ch Insp David Buckley, Norfolk Police.

"Norfolk has a history of welcoming people from abroad. All forms of hate crime are unacceptable and they will not be tolerated here.

"Hatred can only ever damage communities and undermines the safety and wellbeing of all our residents across our county. Everyone has a right to feel safe and confident about who they are."

– Cllr Cliff Jordan, Norfolk County Council leader.
Prof David Richardson, Vice-Chancellor, University of East Anglia. Credit: UEA.

"Some of the brightest and the best from all over the world come to UEA and study and work in Norwich. The city and the county have always been welcoming and I’m sure that will continue to be the case. If our staff or students experience any form of hatred it will be not tolerated and action will be taken."

– Prof David Richardson, Vice-Chancellor, University of East Anglia.

Norfolk's Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green, Norwich City Council leader Alan Waters and the Union of UEA Students also voiced their concerns.

Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green. Credit: ITV News Anglia.