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Hate crime doubled in Greater Manchester in days following terror attack

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 26/05/2017 Andrew Bardsley
GMP Chief Constable Ian Hopkins (Photo: Daily Mirror)<br /> © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc GMP Chief Constable Ian Hopkins (Photo: Daily Mirror)

Reports of hate crime have doubled since the terrorist attack on Manchester Arena, police say.

GMP chief constable Ian Hopkins said the force received 58 reports of hate crime on Wednesday, which rose from 28 on Monday.

Ch Con Hopkins said officers are ‘monitoring’ the situation.

In a statement outside GMP headquarters, Ch Con Hopkins said: “Sadly, we have seen an increase in reports of hate incidents from 28 on Monday, which is what we receive on an average day, to 56 on Wednesday this week.

“We can’t directly link these to the events of Monday night and are continuing to monitor the situation.

“I have sent a personal message out to all the faith leaders and places of worship today and have thanked them for the support they have shown and stressed that hate crime will not be tolerated.

“It is important that people report any incidents so that they can be investigated and we can support victims and their families.

“They can do this by calling police or using the True Vision online reporting form www.report-it.org.uk .

Police at the scene outside the Manchester Arena<br /> © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Police at the scene outside the Manchester Arena

Ch Con Hopkins also paid tribute to the ‘remarkable bravery’ of officers who had raced to the scene of the attack.

He said some were now ‘feeling the effects’ of the tragedy which they witnessed.

Ch Con Hopkins said: “Today I have spent time speaking to police officers and staff who were both first on the scene on Monday night and were working at the family reception centre.

“Along with colleagues from British Transport Police who were among the first on the scene, they acted with remarkable bravery in the face of the atrocity that confronted them.

“They have all shown great courage and compassion.

“Some of them are feeling the effects of the actions they had to take and we are providing them with support as they attempt to come to terms with what they saw.”


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