A new campaign set up by the Hate Free Norfolk Network to raise awareness and tackle hate crime in the county will be heavily promoted next week.
It has the backing of Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Bett, who is asking the county’s MPs, councillors, businesses and communities to stand alongside him against hate.
He said: “Norfolk Police received around 1,000 hate reports last year, but I know from speaking to communities that there are many more victims than those figures suggest. A lot of work has been done to raise awareness of hate crime and encourage reporting, but there is much more to do.
“The idea behind the Hate Free Norfolk Pledge is very simple, but has the potential to make a real difference in our county. By signing up to the Pledge, organisations, community groups and individuals can send the message that hate will not be tolerated here.
“It’s about standing up for the right to live free from hate, challenging the attitudes and behaviours that can lead to hate, and ensuring that hate crime victims can report what happens to them, be taken seriously and receive the support they need.”
“By becoming part of a Hate Free Norfolk Network, everyone who signs up to the pledge will be taking positive action to tackle hate crime, reducing the vulnerability of our communities to becoming victims.”
West Norfolk Voluntary and Community Action, in partnership with Natalie Garrard the Diversity Liaison Officer for Norfolk Constabulary, has arranged the following events next week (all from 11am to 3pm):
Monday at Lynn town centre bandstand; Tuesday at Downham Market Tesco; Wednesday at Lynn Hardwick Tesco; Thursday at Hunstanton Tesco; Friday at Swaffham town centre.
West Norfolk VCA adds: “The Pledge is a set of seven commitments that organisations or individuals can sign up to in order to work together for a Hate Free Norfolk.
“Anyone can sign up to the Pledge, whether you are a large organisation, a voluntary, community or third sector organisation, a small community group or an individual. As long as you want to work for a Hate Free Norfolk the Pledge is for you.
“Everyone who signs up will be added to The Pledge Wall on the Hate Free Norfolk Website www.hatefreenorfolk.co.uk”