New champions to tackle hate

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John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, presented certificates to ten No Place for Hate Champions on 15 October after they completed award winning training to tackle discrimination in the borough.

The champions join 128 other local people who, in ten years, have involved 65,000 people in 1,086 community based events to raise awareness about hate crime and encourage people to report it.

Their work with Tower Hamlets Council helped to secure the prestigious Upstanding Organisation Award 2018 for making “a significant impact on countering intolerance, hate and bigotry” in the borough at this year’s National No2H8 Crime Awards 2018.

Mayor John Biggs said:

“I was proud to meet our newest champions and to hear about their plans to further build community cohesion, peace and tolerance in their neighbourhoods.

“Diversity is one of our greatest strengths in Tower Hamlets. We will continue to work together with our partners to stamp out all forms of discrimination.”

Councillor Asma Begum, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, added:

“Like many people in the borough, our champions are incredibly passionate about their work to tackle all forms of hate. I am proud of the work that has been delivered so far and look forward to hearing about upcoming projects.”

A hate crime is any criminal offence where the victim or someone else believes the crime is targeted  because  of a victim’s race or ethnicity,  religious beliefs, gender,  gender identity, disability, age, sexual orientation or any other actual or perceived  difference.

Hate crimes can be reported via the police non-emergency 101 number. In an emergency, always dial 999.

Anonymous reports of hate can be made to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

Victims can call 020 8555 8254 for support.

To pledge against Hate Crime go to: www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/hatecrime

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