Statement from West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson on hate crime:
“Members of the public have raised concerns with me about reports about hate crime, in particular since the result of the EU referendum.
 
“Let me make it clear, hate crime is not acceptable and tackling the crime is a priority of mine and West Midlands Police. We are all extremely proud that the West Midlands is a diverse region, where people from different backgrounds and cultures get on. That will not be allowed to change.
 
“I want to reassure people that we are monitoring the situation closely and if there is any upsurge in hate crime the police will take swift action.
 
“If you are a victim of, or see any evidence of hate crime please report it to either the police or use one of the 188 third-party reporting centres across the West Midlands where people can report the crimes if you don’t want to go to the police.”

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