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Commissioner adds her voice to No Place For Hate campaign

St Helens / August 21

The Police Commissioner has put pen to paper alongside TV star Johnny Vegas and a host of other organisations to show St Helens is No Place For Hate.

The Police Commissioner has put pen to paper alongside TV star Johnny Vegas and a host of other organisations to show St Helens is No Place For Hate.

Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy signed the Organisational Pledge to end Hate Crime in the Borough during a ceremony at the Town Hall.

St Helens Council, Merseyside Police, Helena Partnerships and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service are just some of the agencies that have also joined the campaign, as well as comedian Johnny Vegas and St Helens hero Corporal Andy Reid.

Saints stars Josh Jones and Louie McCarthy Scarsbrook were unable to attend in person, but also sent their signed pledges through to campaign organisers.

The pledge is a public statement that an organisation or individual wants to help tackle hate crime in St Helens, while also sending out a message prejudice and discrimination will not be tolerated

Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “This was a hugely successful event. The excellent turnout demonstrates the determination and commitment to tackle hate crime in St Helens. It was a pleasure to meet Johnny Vegas and I congratulate all those involved in organising the campaign.

“One of the priorities in my Police and Crime Plan is to take effective action against all forms of hate crime, which is any kind of crime that is motivated by hate or discrimination.

“Hate incidents are often greatly under-reported and I will work with all partners to ensure people feel able to come forward and report such a crime confident that they will be fully supported.

"Events like this give people the confidence to speak out if they have been subjected to prejudice and make it clear such crimes will not be tolerated."

Organisations who pledge their support will receive an e-pack, explaining the aims of the campaign, and including posters, a copy of the logo and brand guidelines. They can then promote the campaign and the material in their own publications and on websites.

A special pledge board will also be on display outside St Helens Town Hall this week – showing who has signed so far.

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Housing, Planning and Community Safety, Councillor Richard McCauley said: “The more organisations that pledge, the more noise is being made about hate crime. So it’s helping to raise awareness and break through the silence that surrounds the crime.

“It was fantastic to see so many people at the pledge signing – I was blown away by the attendance. But if we could get every company and organisation in the borough to sign up, it would send out the most powerful message possible that hate crime has no place in St Helens.”

To find out more about the pledge go to

www.safersthelens.org.uk/pledges/hate-crime-pledge/