PM attacks increase in hate crimes
Published 28/06/2016 | 02:30
David Cameron has said that hate crimes targeted at migrants in the UK in the wake of the EU referendum must be "stamped out".
The British Prime Minister vowed to "bring our country together" after a series of incidents, including racist graffiti on a Polish community centre in west London.
The National Police Chiefs' Council disclosed that reports of hate crime had risen by 57pc. It said there were 85 reports of hate crimes to True Vision, a police-funded reporting website, between Thursday and Sunday, against 54 reports over the same period four weeks ago.
Meanwhile, Cambridgeshire Police is investigating after cards reading "Leave the EU - no more Polish vermin" were discovered. An 11-year-old boy, whose family moved to Britain from Poland three years ago, told the BBC he was going to school when he found a card containing the words on Friday.
It came as Sima Kotecha, a journalist who works on BBC Radio 4's 'Today' programme, revealed she had been subjected to racist insults in her home town of Basingstoke.
The PM hit out at those who have abused EU immigrants and black or Asian people, as he insisted the country "will not stand for hate crime". Speaking in the Commons, he said: "Let's remember these people have come here and made a wonderful contribution to our country. We will not stand for hate crime or these kinds of attacks, they must be stamped out."
Boris Johnson, who is expected to stand as a candidate for the Conservative leadership, said he was "appalled" by the reports of an increase in racism. He added that there was "no way" that EU nationals currently in the UK would lose their right to live and work here because of the referendum result.