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What would you do if you were witness to a hate crime? Have you watched recent incidents in the media and put yourself in the place of the horrified bystanders? What would you have done the same or differently?
 
Bristol charity SARI has produced a guide on responding to hate crimes that they are urging people to circulate. It covers what people should think about if they find themselves witnessing a hate crime, something we all hope should never occur but unfortunately appears to be on the rise.
 
Voscur has been dismayed by the rise in hate crimes since the EU Referendum and the effect that this is having on our local communities and those across the UK. New figures from the Metropolitan Police show 599 incidents of race hate crime were reported to Scotland Yard between 24 June - the day the result was announced - and 2 July.
 
It means the Met was receiving an average of 67 allegations a day in the wake of the poll. This was a rise of more than 50 per cent compared to the average daily number of 44 prior to 24 June (read more about this here).
 
Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, and Chief Constable, Andy Marsh, have written an open letter to the people of Avon and Somerset, assuring them that they will do everything in their power to keep people safe from hate crimes and anti-immigrant abuse.
 
To read SARI’s guide to responding to hate crimes, click here. Please share this with your friends and contacts.