1. ITV Report

Group aims to highlight any 'Worrying Signs' of xenophobia after Brexit vote

A Facebook group has been set up to encouraging people to share alleged incidents of racism or xenophobia in the wake of the referendum vote for Britain to leave the European Union.

The "Worrying Signs" group invites people to share experiences and concerns and to post pictures and screen grabs relating to any alleged incidents.

The group invites people to share stories of alleged racism or xenophobia. Credit: Facebook/Worrying Signs

Sarah Childs, who voted for Britain to remain in the EU, and is one of the group's creators, told ITV News it was set up in response to a number of incidents that had recently come to their attention.

"We wanted to collect them all together to show people the scale of the problem. It's easy to dismiss one post but when you see the album it's a lot harder.

"We have a lot of people asking us to just move on from the referendum result but the people affected by these incidents can't move on while this is happening," she added.

The group has also been collating social media posts relating to alleged xenophobic incidents. Credit: Facebook/Worrying Signs

Ms Childs also said it is hoped that by highlighting this issue "people will realise that we need a plan to tackle to social effects of Brexit just as much as we do the economic ones".

It's not about having a go at people who voted Leave. It's about looking at how we recover from what has been a very divisive campaign about our future as a country.

I was a little taken aback by how quickly the project grew but it's not altogether surprising as we expected that it was a more widespread issue even than we realised. I woke up to hundreds of messages from people with stories they wanted to share in the album.

– Sarah Childs

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