Community leaders meet to discuss hate crime in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 09:24 12 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:35 12 October 2016

Hate crime in Redbridge meeting at Redbridge Town Hall in High Road, Ilford.

Hate crime in Redbridge meeting at Redbridge Town Hall in High Road, Ilford.

Rosaleen Fenton

Councillors and members of Redbridge Rainbow Community, the police, Victim Support and equality charities met together last night to discuss hate crime in the borough.

Pc Shaz Meah, Redbridge’s faith liaison and community officer, warned that hate crime is under-reported.

He said: “Statistics show that hate crime is one of the most under-reported crimes across the borough.

“It’s happening, but it is not being reported.

“We need more people to take the first step.”

The meeting, which was organised to discuss hate crime against the LGBT+ community in Redbridge, was part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week and saw presentations from Redbridge police and Redbridge Victim Support.

David Landau, a senior caseworker at Redbridge Equalities and Community Council, said more funding is needed to boost vital charities which offer support to victims.

“We used to create victim support groups in hotspots for hate crime,” he said.

“We are trying to get resources to be able to do things like that again.

“We need to get the community involved.”

To read a full report of the meeting, pick up a copy of the Recorder tomorrow.

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