As incidents of post-referendum attacks on foreign nationals are being reported across the UK, Bedford’s mayor has called for unity in the town.
Today Dave Hodgson said: “I want to send a very clear message to all Europeans living in Bedford Borough that you are welcome here.
“This community belongs to all of its residents equally.
“People from Europe and indeed all parts of the world have helped shape Bedford and make it what it is over many years, especially since the Second World War.
“It is vital that the message rings out loud and clear that all Bedford Borough residents are welcome here.”
Meanwhile, Bedfordshire Police has announced it’s detection rate for hate crimes has risen more than 20 per cent to 87.5 per cent.
While officers have not identified any incidents directly related to the Brexit result, they are encouraging people to report hate crime.
Sergeant James Hart, tactical lead for hate crime, said: “As recent events worldwide have seen a spike in people being discriminated against simply for who they are, we are issuing a clear message that it won’t be tolerated. Hate crime is terrible and damaging for communities and we all have a responsibility to put an end to it.”
Crimes can be reported by calling 101, reporting online at www.report-it.org or visiting the local reporting centres. A full list can be found here http://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/tackling_crime/hate_crime_and_hate_incidents/third_party_reporting_centres.aspx