Statement from Cabinet Memeber for Communities, Cllr Katherine Dunne.
Published: Wednesday, 6th March 2019
We are aware of the recent appearance of a small number of illegally posted stickers in parts of the borough relating to a far-right nationalist group. Posting these stickers in public places, although attempting to circumvent detection by their seemingly moderate content, seeks to promote inter-racial division and hostility and constitutes a hate crime as well as being a criminal offence. We take hate speech and hate crimes very seriously and will take action against anyone caught posting these stickers.
Hounslow is a borough with an incredibly diverse community. We are committed to creating and maintaining a tolerant, cohesive community and addressing radicalisation. The Police are aware of these incidents and we encourage any residents that come across such stickers to report them to the Police with a picture of the sticker, the date, time and location where the sticker was seen. You can report to the Police by calling 101 or online via the Metropolitan Police reporting form. The council will then arrange for the stickers to be removed safely, please do not try and remove the stickers yourselves.
The council has a dedicated Hate Crime Advocate who provides practical and emotional support to anyone in the borough that has experienced hostility or abuse because of their race, religion, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation. If you’ve been affected by any form of hate you can contact our Hate Crime Advocate on 0208 583 2464, by emailling the Community Safety team or through our anonymous online reporting form.
Councillor Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities said:
“There is no place in Hounslow for those who seek to radicalise, groom or take advantage of our vulnerable adults or children with extremist or unjustified beliefs. We at the London Borough of Hounslow value the diversity and cohesive nature of our residents that make up our thriving community.”