Camden is a place that champions equality and celebrates diversity, welcoming people from different countries and backgrounds. A message that was supported by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Hayward in a letter to our communities this week.
There have been reports of hate crime incidents following the EU referendum last Thursday. Hate crime is not necessarily physical violence – it may be verbal abuse, graffiti, racist fly-posting or comments online.
While we want to reassure residents that the number of these incidents occurring in Camden is low, we have received reports of verbal abuse and fly-posting of racist materials in parts of the borough. We have taken action in these cases.
We are encouraging residents to report and share information of any type of hate crime that they witness or experience in the borough. Our message is clear: hate crime will not be tolerated and we must stand together to support our BME and European residents, businesses and visitors.
If I experience or witness a hate crime what should I do?
Keep calm: Even if you are angry or scared.
If anyone is in danger: Dial 999.
Evidence: Note the time, the perpetrator’s appearance, behaviour and what they said.
Report it: Even if you are unsure what happened - the perpetrator may do it again. For non-emergencies, call the police on 101. If the crime is on public transport and is not an emergency, report it to the Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 (24h), or text 61016. You can report anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
If you have concerns about community tensions please contact us via 020 7974 4444 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.