We have received the following statement from Sophie Linden, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime:
“I am hugely proud to be Deputy Mayor of such a diverse and multi-talented city, and our ability to celebrate difference is one of our greatest strengths.
“However, we know some communities are feeling increasingly isolated, threatened and victimised because of who they are, how they live, what they believe or who they love. That is why Hate Crime is one of the top priorities in our Police and Crime Plan, because no one should be made to feel afraid, or unwelcome.
“It is everyday acts of mutual respect, compassion, kindness and professionalism that make the difference and I applaud all those who stand up against discrimination.
“Congratulations to all those who have been nominated for and receive a NO2H8 2018 Award for your efforts in challenging hatred, intolerance and bigotry.”