Councillors in Wyre Forest are uniting against racism following an upturn in reported hate crimes across the UK since the European Referendum.
Council leader Marcus Hart secured unanimous cross party support for a motion condemning racism at last night’s full meeting of Wyre Forest District Council.
Cllr Hart told the meeting:“We are proud to live in a diverse and tolerant society. Racism, xenophobia and hate crimes have no place in our country.
“We condemn racism, xenophobia and hate crimes unequivocally and would not wish to see the sort of attacks that have happened in other parts of the country become acceptable here.
“Wyre Forest District Council will work with other local bodies including the police and Community Safety Partnership to fight and prevent racism and xenophobia.
“All residents living in the Wyre Forest are valued members of our community. We condemn any such attacks and fully support the Police and law enforcement agencies tackling this racist, xenophobic and criminal behaviour.”
Cllr Hart added: “I am pleased that councillors from across the political divide united to send a strong message to our communities that this kind of behaviour must not be tolerated.”