EU REFERENDUM: Worksop police chief “keenly monitoring” hate crimes incidents

Inspector Neil Bellamy on the streets of Worksop
Inspector Neil Bellamy on the streets of Worksop

A Worksop police chief says he is “keenly monitoring” incidents surrounding hate crimes following the EU referendum.

Nottinghamshire Police has made a call for calm after the vote last week sparked a surge in hate crimes in some parts of the UK.

Reports of racist attacks and verbal offences have swept the country in the wake of the vote for Britain to leave the European Union.

Nottinghamshire Police received 14 reports of hate crimes between Friday, June 24 and Monday, June 27.

The force said seven were clearly aimed at people perceived to be immigrants and so were potentially linked to tensions being associated with the outcome of the EU referendum.

For the same period the previous week before the referendum, there were 11 hate crimes reported and 13 reported for the same period two weeks before the vote.

Worksop Inspector Neil Bellamy said: “While it could be reasonable to expect the occasional comment from people who feel passionately about immigration and focus on such matters having been heightened as a result of the referendum, those foreign nationals residing in Bassetlaw are well embedded, and widely accepted and integrated.

“The communities in Bassetlaw are visible, so opportunities would have presented themselves to those disposed to make comment.

“However, it is not being reported if in fact it is happening at all.

“I will be monitoring this keenly. However, we are conducting business as usual at the moment.”

Fiyaz Mughal, founder and director of Faith Matters and the hate-crime monitor ‘Tell MAMA’, said: “The Brexit vote seems to have legitimised the prejudice of some people to the point where they are verbalising and targeting people at a street level.

“It is totally unacceptable.”