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Hammersmith police step up 'high visibility foot patrols'

Police in Hammersmith say they have stepped up high visibility foot patrols after abusive graffiti was daubed on a Polish Community centre.

We have an excellent rapport with this Polish community Centre and have been very clear in terms of how serious we take such incidents of hate crime.

High visibility foot patrols have been stepped up in the area and we are doing everything to reassure them and other local community groups in and around the area that we are here and will deal with any allegations of hate crime robustly and efficiently.

– PC Jenny Doe from Ravenscourt Park Safer Neighbourhood Team

Polish embassy 'shocked and deeply concerned'

Officials at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London have said they are "shocked and deeply concerned" following xenophobic abuse directed against its community in London and the UK.

We are shocked and deeply concerned by the recent incidents of xenophobic abuse directed against the Polish community and other UK residents of migrant heritage.

The Polish Embassy is in contact with relevant institutions, and local police are already investigating the two most widely reported cases in Hammersmith, London, and Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

At the same time, we would like to thank for all the messages of support and solidarity with the Polish community expressed by the British public.

We call on all Polish nationals who fall victim of xenophobic abuse and on all witnesses to report such incidents to local authorities.

– Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London
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