Hate Crime against Gypsies & Traveller is “never Acceptable” says Humberside’s Police & Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter.
On Friday 31st March 2017, National Alliance of Gypsy Traveller & Roma Women [ NAGTRW ] had a telephone conference with Humberside’s Police & Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter
We wished to raise the very pressing and worrying issue of Hate Speech that arises from online reporting of unauthorized Gypsy/Traveller encampments by various local newspapers, The nature and style of the reporting sadly encourages this, and equally sadly the newspapers responsible are very slow to moderate their online forums or social media pages.
The nature of many of the comments constitutes a criminal offence, and NAGTRW are keen to report and pursue those individuals whose posts contain threats or offensive racist slurs and insults.
NAGTRW are very pleased to report that PCC Keith Hunter shared our concern and as such has issued the attached press release.
Gypsies and Travellers are a minority people with ethnic status, we have been travelling the roads of UK for over 500 years, we have contributed to the UK economy and continue to do so via our Income Tax and National Insurance contributions, yet we get little back in return.
Hate crime has a very negative and damaging effect on Gypsy and Traveller, but particularly our children and young people – and we must all work towards building bridges between the Gypsy /Traveller and settled community.
I hope PCC Hunters Press Release will have a positive impact and make people think before they make hate filled or threatening posts.
We need site provision and suitable negotiated stopping places – so that we can continue to live our traditional and cultural way of life and do so without the conflict that arises due to lack of provision.