Lincolnshire Police prepare plans for Brexit-fuelled hate crimes

Fearing a rise in Brexit-fuelled hate crimes, Lincolnshire Police prepared reassurance messages for EU nationals living in the county.

There is no evidence to suggest a rise in crime and disorder yet, but the force said it has plans for how it would respond to any issues.

Chief Constable at Lincolnshire Police Bill Skelly said in a video message that “people should be able to live their lives free from intimidation”.

The force also uploaded the video messages in different languages – Polish, Latvian and Lithuanian (see below).

Chief Constable Bill Skelly said: “I understand that things are very uncertain, and that can impact on how you feel in your community.

“I am working with partner agencies, round the clock, to ensure we are doing everything we can to reassure you that the issues we are facing in the county of Lincolnshire are being addressed.

“I am very aware that national, international and global events can trigger short-term rises in hate crime.

“People should be able to live their lives free from intimidation, and that kind of criminal behaviour.

“I want to assure you that we in Lincolnshire Police, working with others in your community, will do everything we can to reduce the potential for that kind of crime.

“If you do feel worried, or intimidated, I’d encourage you to contact us, speak to your local office or station, contact 101 or, in an emergency, dial 999.”