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17:26 03 March 2014

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service's Chief Fire Officer Nigel Williams, right with staff signing the " Hate Free Norfolk Pledge " outside Carrow Fire Station Trowse. Photo: Steve Adams

Senior fire officers in Norfolk have today backed a new campaign to raise awareness of and tackle hate crime in the county.

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Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service’s chief fire officer Nigel Williams, area manager Stuart Horth and cabinet member for public protection at Norfolk County Council Dan Roper today signed the ‘Hate Free Norfolk Pledge’ outside Carrow Fire Station in Norwich.

Mr Williams said: “Hate incidents or hate crime can have a significant impact on victims’ lives. It can isolate and exclude individuals, cause tension and even conflict in the wider community.

“I am signing the Hate Free Norfolk Pledge both on behalf of NFRS and as an individual who is committed to making Norfolk Hate Free. I would therefore urge everyone to consider backing the campaign by signing the Hate Free Norfolk Pledge.”

Public and Voluntary/Community Sector organisations in Norfolk recently agreed to establish a Hate Free Norfolk Network which replaced the Multi Agency Protocol on Hate Crime (MAP).

These include Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, Norfolk County Council and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk.

The purpose of the Network is to enable anyone who is interested in knowing about hate crime in Norfolk to be kept informed about what is happening, and also to enable anyone who wants to work towards a Hate Free Norfolk to connect with other people who want to achieve the same thing.

Anyone can join the network, whether they are an organisation, community group or an individual. When they join they will receive a monthly e-newsletter keeping them to up to date with work on Hate Crime in Norfolk.

The pledge is a set of seven commitments that supporters can sign up to in order to work together for a Hate Free Norfolk.

Mr Roper said: “It is vital that we work together to support people to report hate incidents and everyone of us helps to address the issues that cause hate.

“I am pleased that Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is backing this campaign and staff will be working both within the organisation and externally to help people understand more about difference and inclusion.

“As well as signing the Pledge, I would ask people to help spread the word by holding a community event. They can then encourage people to report hate crime as well as helping them to do it. They can also encourage others to hold discussions about hate crime in their school, place of work or community group.”

Anyone wanting to sign up to the pledge can do so at www.hatefreenorfolk.com/hate-free-norfolk-pledge.

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