Suffolk County Council backs motion to stamp out hate crime
Suffolk County Council has supported a motion condemning hate crime in the county.
Councillors unanimously supported the urgent motion at a meeting of the full council today.
The motion stated: “As a key organisation for Suffolk which works with others to support some of the most vulnerable communities in our county from illegal discrimination, exploitation and marginalisation, we are very concerned about the recent upsurge in attacks on non-UK nationals over the last few days.
“We are worried that community tensions have been raised in some parts of the county and there might be tensions encouraging a small minority to commit acts of vandalism and verbal and physical violence.
“We want to avoid any such incidents in Suffolk – a county which has a proud tradition of welcoming people from a broad range of countries, cultures and faith systems.
“That is why we are urging community leaders, politicians, local councils, voluntary organisations and schools and colleges to join us in being good neighbours and promoting acceptance and tolerance.
“It falls to us as leaders to encourage friendship and strong community relationships within our county and we call upon Suffolk County Council to support the #SuffolkSolidarity campaign.”
Speaking in support of the motion, Colin Noble, leader of the council, said: “I was delighted to support the motion put before the Council today and pleased to see that it was supported unanimously.
“Suffolk communities are welcoming to all people and we need to work together to ensure that there is acceptance and tolerance for those who come from different backgrounds from that of our own.
“I personally fully support #SuffolkSolidarity and hope that residents across our towns and communities join in this support too.”