Police officers praised for robust response to hate incident in Leicester

PCC Rupert Matthews with officer and car

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Police and Crime Commissioner Rupert Matthews today thanked police for their swift action in responding to an alleged hate crime in Leicester.

The incident occurred on Marydene Drive, Leicester, on Friday, and an investigation is currently underway.

Three 14-year-old boys were arrested and have since been released on police bail while officers carry out further enquiries.

Local officers have been reassuring the community as well as providing ongoing support to the victims.

Inspector Yakub Ismail, from Leicestershire Police, attended a meeting attended by the Sikh community earlier this week to reassure residents that officers are taking the incident very seriously and that an investigation is underway led by experienced detectives.

Officers continue to liaise with Judgemeadow Community College and will be providing messages to update the community on the incident.

Mr Matthews said: “Leicestershire Police works hard to eliminate any form of hatred and is focussed on promoting cohesion amongst Leicester’s diverse communities.

“I would like to thank officers for their robust and swift response in dealing with this issue and their efforts to reassure and update the local Sikh community who are understandably concerned by this incident.

“There is absolutely no place for hatred or violence of any kind in society and I fully support Leicestershire’s Police determined and consistent approach to ensure Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland remains a safe and welcoming place for all.”

Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact Inspector Yakub Ismail at East Leicester Neighbourhood Policing Area on 101.



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Posted on Wednesday 23rd March 2022
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