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Council leader: 'Harlow attacks don't represent us all'

The council are continuing to reassure the community in Harlow Credit: ITV News Anglia

The leader of Harlow council says the recent spate of attacks in the town shouldn't tarnish the reputation of the majority of people living there.

It follows the attack on two Polish men outside the the William Aylmer pub over the weekend and the murder of 40 year old Arek Jozvik who was killed on 27th August.

The Council is concerned about any disorder, whatever the motivations for it. The unacceptable behaviours of a tiny minority of people are not representative of the town I know.

The perceptions these create are not the reality for the vast majority in Harlow. Harlow is a strong, open and welcoming place, and I know residents will continue to stand together and support each other. Harlow is a good place to live, work and visit for all.

We are continuing to work with the Police to support the community and to provide reassurance during these difficult times.

– Cllr Jon Clempner, Leader of Harlow Council


Poles speak of their fears after two violent attacks

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

Polish people in Harlow have been describing their fear after two violent attacks in the town.

It comes after two senior Polish ministers were dispatched to London to meet Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to discuss the safety of Polish nationals in the UK.

40 year old Arek Jozvik was killed on 27th August and 2 other Polish men were attacked yesterday leaving one with a broken nose and the other with head injuries.

Poles in the town have been telling ITV News Anglia how they are feeling.

Police say Harlow attack victims were wearing 'Poland' t-shirts

Essex Police say they are continuing to treat attacks on two Polish men in Harlow yesterday as hate crimes because their nationality was clear from the clothing they were wearing.

Officers say the men had Poland written on the backs of their shirts but that there was nothing to suggest they were football shirts.

Polish Ministers sent to Britain over Harlow attacks.

The latest attack took place outside the William Aylmer pub. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Poland has sent it's Foreign Minister and Home Affairs Minister to London today to discuss the safety of Poles in the UK after recent attacks in Harlow.

Witold Waszczykowski and Mariusz Błaszczak will meet with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

Leaders of the Polish community will also be present.

The Polish government says it is concerned about the situation of the Polish community following the murder of Arek Jozwik in the Essex town last week and another assault on two men yesterday outside the William Aylmer pub.

Both are being investigated by local police as potential hate crimes.

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