Kent Police has received no reports of hate crime ‘as a direct result’ of Manchester and London terror attacks
PUBLISHED: 08:47 13 June 2017 | UPDATED: 08:56 13 June 2017
Some 277 offences were logged in the county after Britain voted to leave the European Union last June
No immediate reports of hate crime directed towards some communities in the wake of recent terror attacks in London and Manchester have been made to Kent Police, the force has confirmed.
Following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union last June, police chiefs logged some 277 offences in the subsequent three months - a rise of 60 per cent from the number between April and June last year, and the highest quarterly figure since comparable records began in April 2012.
Chief constable Alan Pughsley was pushed on the subject by Kent’s police and crime commissioner Matthew Scott at a recent performance and delivery board meeting, where the elected PCC publicly requests updates from the county’s top cop on key issues, and holds him to account where necessary.
Mr Scott asked if “the very, very small minority of people” had shown “their own hatred” on other members of the community in response to the Manchester bombing in May, and the attack in London Bridge – both carried out by Islamic extremists.
In response, Mr Pughsley said: “We haven’t on this occasion. If you go back before Manchester, when Brexit happened, there was a spike in hate crime for a week or so.
“On this one, let’s not say there isn’t some late reporting, that may change the picture of course, but there is nothing to say we’ve got any bespoke issues of hate crime coming in as a direct result of Manchester or indeed London.”
Muslim leaders have also insisted there has been a positive sense of unity and togetherness in the aftermath of the attacks rather than stories of hate and division.
However, Ejam Aslam, chair of the Gravesend and Dartford Muslim Association, told us last week he anticipated a clampdown on some freedoms – his comments coming just a day before prime minister Theresa May made a vow to rip up human rights laws if necessary to tackle terror suspects.
Mr Aslam said: “I fear this generation is going to have to give up some of its civil liberties, such as freedom of movement, freedom of expression.”