A police boss for the county visited a Sikh Temple in Northampton at the weekend to offer reassurance to members following a rise in hate crime nationwide after Britain’s vote to leave the EU.
Head of Local Policing, Superintendent Chris Hillery visited the temple on Sunday alongside the force’s two Community Engagement Officers, PC Nick Stephens and DC Rachel Packman.
The visit was made in response to concerns about hate crime in local communities, with the number of such incidents having risen by over 50 per cent across the country since the Brexit vote on June 23.
After meeting children at the community centre Superintendent Hillery then addressed members in the Temple and reassured them that no rise in reported hate crime had occurred in the county, whilst acknowledging reports had increased in other parts of the UK.
He also explained to the group that all incidents of hate crime would be ‘investigated thoroughly’ and the police would ‘not tolerate hate crime in any form’.
Amarjit Atwal, from the Northampton Sikh community said: “I was pleased with the visit and the quick response from the police in addressing our concerns about hate crime. Hate crime affects all communities and it was good to hear the police take reports seriously.”