Plymouth Moor View MP, Johnny Mercer, met today with local Council and Police Chiefs about community cohesion in Plymouth in the wake of the EU Referendum Leave vote.
Mr Mercer arranged the meeting to seek assurances that Plymouth remains a safe and welcoming home for all residents regardless of their race, relation or nationality. He also wanted to hear what has been done already in response to reports of racially-motivated abuse taking place since the EU Referendum vote on 23rd June.
The meeting took place with Andy Boulting, Plymouth’s Police Chief Superintendent, Tracey Lee, Chief Executive of Plymouth City Council, and Council Leader, Cllr Ian Bowyer.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Mercer said:
“There has been no spike in reported incidents of racially motivated crime in Plymouth since 23rd June.
“However, we want people to understand that Plymouth is not and has never been the sort of place that will tolerate that sort of behaviour.
“We are an inclusive, welcoming, bright, and forward looking city. I’d encourage those who do suffer these experiences to come forward to the Police to ensure that they can be addressed. In the meantime, let’s continue to work together to see Plymouth thrive.”