Commissioner welcomes Government funding scheme to protect places of worship in Nottinghamshire
Local places of worship in Nottinghamshire are being urged by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, to apply for some of the £2.4m earmarked by the government as part of its new action plan to help protect them from hate crime.
The Commissioner said: “Although I welcome this action plan, I am very disappointed that such measures are having to be considered.
“Latest hate crime figures for the city and county show a rise in these incidents in the 28 days following the EU Referendum compared with the same period last year. Thankfully, there appears to be fewer incidents occurring now, but no hate crime is acceptable and we cannot be complacent.”
Mr Tipping was speaking after discussing the Government’s new measures at his meeting of the Muslims’ Consultative Group yesterday (Thursday 28 July). “I have been talking to many groups suffering issues with hate crime, but in the light of these latest figures we are focussing more on racially aggravated crime and racial hate,” he said. “I hope that the Government’s funding for target hardening places of worship will be helpful where there is a history of crime against the premises and where security and equipment will reduce any vulnerability.”
The Government’s plan aims to deal with hate crime up until 2020. It is designed to prevent and response to hate crime, increase reporting of hate crime incidents, improve support for victims and build an understanding of hate crime.
In Nottinghamshire, levels of recorded hate crime are currently around a third higher than the same week last year, having reduced in the city and less so in the county over the last three weeks.
“Hate crime of any sort is completely abhorrent and it has to stop,” Commissioner Tipping said. “Anyone who experiences abuse of this kind should report it so that they can access support and the perpetrators can be brought to justice.”
In the month from 24 June this year there were 206 hate crimes reported, with 155 of them race-related. During the same period last year there were 128 hate crimes reported, 92 of them being race-related.
Applications are open to all places of worship, apart from Synagogues, where there is already a different funding stream in place.
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Posted on Friday 29th July 2016