‘A GREAT opportunity to stand together and reject intolerance’.

That is how West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson has described National Hate Crime Awareness Week. The event, which runs this year until Saturday, October 17, encourages people to work in solidarity with those affected by hate crime and to remember those who have been lost.

Mr Burns-Williamson said: “Hate Crime Awareness Week is a great opportunity to stand together with our communities and reject hate and intolerance.

“I want to offer reassurance that myself and the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police are committed to working together with partners to tackle these issues head on. We will not tolerate fear and hostility or allow them to be used as reasons to divide our communities and demonise others.”

To find out more visit www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/campaigns/hate-crime.