I want to start by reassuring residents that we have not seen any increase of this type of crime in the Chichester District to date. However, I know that some of our residents are concerned about this.

I want to make it absolutely clear that we will not tolerate discriminatory behaviour of any kind. Everyone has the right to feel safe in their communities and any kind of hate crime is unacceptable in any circumstances.

We work very closely with the police and other partners through the Chichester District Community Safety Partnership. The Partnership not only monitors crime in the District, but it also identifies actions that we need to tackle or respond to. This includes running campaigns to tackle certain behaviours such as race hate crime.

Our Community Wardens also provide a reassuring presence on many of the District's streets. They are integrated into the communities in which they work. They are always available to listen to any concerns that people may have. They also know which agencies are best placed to respond to particular issues.

If you feel that you have been affected by, or have witnessed, this type of behaviour, please report this to  police  by calling 101. 

You can also report concerns on both our website and the  West Sussex County Council website.

 

People have been divided on whether we should stay or leave the European Union. Now that the result has been announced, it's important that we have stability. Please be assured that as a Council we remain committed to delivering the very best services for everyone. We will continue to progress with all of the key projects we have started, many of which aim to boost our economy, provide more jobs and make our District an even better place in which to work and live.

Best wishes

Cllr Tony Dignum

Leader of Chichester District Council

July 2016