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Winning Hate Crime Poster makes its mark

Published Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Cllr Christine Hamilton, Cabinet Member for Community Safety visited Churchfield Primary School in Edmonton last week to congratulate Yusra Uddin, age 11 for designing a hard hitting poster designed to reduce hate crime in Enfield.

Yusra and her class joined Cllr Hamilton to unveil Yusra's winning poster within the school. The artwork, which has already been seen displayed throughout the borough, came top during a recent competition run by Enfield Council's Community Safety Unit. The competition asked young people to design a poster that would reduce hate crime in Enfield.
 
Hate crimes happen because of hostility, prejudice or hatred of a person's:
 - disability
 - gender identity
 - race, ethnicity or nationality
 - religion or belief
 - sexual orientation.
They include things like name calling and verbal abuse, bullying and harassment, spitting and physical attacks, damage to property, graffiti, and written notes, emails and text messages.
 
Enfield Council's Community Safety Team work hard to combat all crimes which are hate related, and urge anyone who feels that they have been a victim to come forward and report it.
 
Cllr Christine Hamilton, Cabinet Member for Community Safety said "Enfield Council asked young people to come up with posters which described what they thought about hate crime and how they would reduce it in the borough.
 
"The lovely poster by Yusra sums up children's views on hate crime and makes people stop and think about why they would commit such an act in the first place. It was wonderful to be able to unveil this poster and the Council is pleased to see it displayed throughout the borough.

" During the last financial year there was a small decrease in the number of hate crimes reported in Enfield (179 down from 206, a 13% reduction), we have also seen a small reduction in young people (under 19s) being identified as suspects (30 down from 38, 21% lower) in the last year.
 
"The Enfield Hate Crime Forum's two year strategy that was launched late last year places great emphasis on working with young people as a way to reduce hate crime and increase tolerance in the local community.
 
" Last year, like many other London boroughs, Enfield saw a small reduction in the number of reported hate crime incidents. We believe this is partly due to the number of pro-active campaigns and events that have taken place over the last few years promoting community cohesion".
 
To report a hate crime please contact the council's ASB & Hate Crime Reporting line on 020 8379 4612

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