Brexit has dominated the political landscape for two years. But perhaps the darkest legacy of Britain’s vote to leave the EU has been a national rise in hate crime.

The referendum in 2016 saw a spike in verbal and physical assaults on European nationals living in the UK, and other groups perceived as being foreigners. Strongly-worded rhetoric and the impact of social media have all been blamed for creating a climate which normalises hate crime. With the political turmoil in the lead up to our departure from the EU, police across the UK have been on the alert for further incidents.

Please report any attacks or intimidation driven by prejudice against you, your friends or neighbours – whether because of country of origin, race, religion, sexuality, gender identity or disability – to the police or to our partner agencies. The police will take all reports seriously and will offer support, while pursuing positive outcomes wherever possible.

If you’ve been a victim of hate crime, or have witnessed a hate crime, contact the police on 101 or, for an immediate response, ring 999. You can also contact Merton Victim Support on 020 7801 1777.

Advice is available from a new drop in session in conjunction with the charity Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks) on the second Tuesday of the month, 1pm to 2pm, at the civic centre.

 

In Merton, which has seen increases in reported hate crime, the message is that everyone is welcome in our borough and that no one should suffer in silence.

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