Post letters: Hate Crime Awareness Week, teaching as a career and Queen’s Speech

PUBLISHED: 12:30 20 October 2019

The Met support Hate Crime Awareness Week. Picture: MPS

The Met support Hate Crime Awareness Week. Picture: MPS


Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Post readers this week.

Zero-tolerance approach to hate crime

Superintendent Waheed Khan, The Met's Lead Responsible Officer (LRO) for hate crime, writes:

Hate Crime Awareness Week (October 12 - 19) is a national week of action, which takes place every October to raise awareness of hate crime.

It aims to bring people together to stand in solidarity with those affected by hate crime, support them and raise awareness, as well as prevent hate crime with our communities across London and challenge hate crime in all its forms.

London is such a diverse and tolerant city, but too many still feel marginalised, or worse intimidated to go about their daily lives due to their race, faith, sexual orientation, gender or disability.

Hate crime incidents may involve a physical attack, damage to property, bullying, harassment, verbal abuse, insults or online abuse using social media and it is a scourge on our communities.

It can be deeply upsetting and humiliating for the victim, and sometimes victims don't believe they'll be taken seriously, however, I would like to remind victims that we (the Met) take a zero tolerance approach and that every report will be taken seriously.

Hate crime affects people from all walks of life, and impacts on communities across London.

The Met does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and is committed to working with partners, such as MOPAC, TruVision, Tell Mama, Galop and Inclusion London, to robustly tackle hate crime by holding offenders to account, bringing prosecutions where appropriate, and in particular, supporting victims.

The Met has seen an increase in the reporting of all types of hate crime, and this rise is in part due to the growing willingness of victims to report crime and improved awareness by police.

We have also seen a sharp increase in hate crimes perpetrated online, and the Met works with online platforms to identify offensive content and the people who post it, and progress investigations.

We would urge hate crime victims who have not spoken to police to come forward and tell us about incidents so they can be fully investigated."

Anyone who believes that they have been the victim of a hate crime is asked to call police on 101 or by tweeting @MetCC.

Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.

Inspiring next generation of teachers

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Dr Leonard Restall B ED, M Ed (Hons), New Zealand, formerly from Barking, writes:

The campaign being run by the Department for Education to attract more people into teaching is being well supported by the views expressed by Gareth Williams from Barking Abbey School.

He says that "teaching is an art", and this gives him good reason to be a "crusader" to encourage others to become teachers.

Unfortunately, not all individuality types are suitable to become school teachers but still may have qualities to impart skill and knowledge to others.

Certainly, knowledge is a starting point but understanding and wisdom are also required in the mix to produce the best results in education.

Teaching comes with many challenges as do other professions.

Not everyone is ready and motivated to learn. Some maybe resistant and reluctant to learning, making teaching harder.

But there are ways to overcome some of these problems, which Gareth Williams has followed, by being positive and maintaining passion and enjoyment for the task, knowing that he can inspire and shape the lives of those he teaches.

Environment Bill will give new powers

Cllr Julian Bell, chairman, London Councils' Transport and Environment Committee, writes:

We welcome the Environment Bill announced in the Queen's Speech on Monday.

Air pollution in the capital is a silent killer and we need to ensure that producers pay for disposing of the packaging they create.

New legislation that provides London boroughs with improved powers and resources is essential if we are to deal with these challenges.

We want the new Bill to support the boroughs to tackle air pollution more effectively.

Our priorities include introducing powers to tackle idling vehicles and crack down on other sources of harmful emissions such as wood burning stoves.

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