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The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, Simon Foster, said: “I am deeply concerned by the recent events that have taken place in Leicester and Smethwick.

“Faith groups contribute so much to society in the West Midlands, in so very many different ways. That includes a commitment to ensure that we all treat each other as we would want to be treated ourselves.

“We all have a responsibility to work together, calmly, collectively and  co-cooperatively, united as one, against all and any forms of division and hate.

“The West Midlands needs the collaborative strength, solidarity and support of all its faith communities to meet the challenges that we face as a consequence of such matters as, youth violence, poverty and the cost of living crisis.

“As your Police and Crime Commissioner, I will always engage with, listen to and work with all the faith groups of the West Midlands, to ensure you are able to practice your faith peacefully and respectfully, within an environment that ensures your safety and security.

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