Sussex Police Report No Rise In Hate Crime Since EU Referendum

Wednesday 29th June 2016

Sussex Police

Sussex Police has not seen an increase in hate crimes reported over the weekend following the EU referendum last week.

It has been widely reported that in other areas of the country some people have been subjected to abuse, however thankfully this has not been the case in Sussex.

Assistant Chief Constable Laurence Taylor said: "We are continuing to work closely with our communities across Sussex to ensure tolerance and prevent any hate crime or abuse, particularly following the EU referendum. We are aware people may be nervous after the media reports over the weekend, thankfully we have not had an increase in reports of hate crime since Friday's result."

There has been one report of hate crime since Friday after an eleven-year-old girl was subjected to racial abuse in Southwater Country Park near Horsham on Saturday.

ACC Taylor continued: "We haven't received any other reports but I would urge anyone who has witnessed hate crime or experienced it to report it to us, either via or by calling 101, or online via our website

"Everyone has the right to feel safe in their communities and any kind of hate crime is unacceptable in any circumstances."

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