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Bristol South MP backs 'True Vision' initiative

Dawn attends launch event at Portishead police headquarters

Bristol South MP, Dawn Primarolo, today attended the launch of the True Vision initiative at police headquarters in Portishead.

Speaking after the event, Dawn said: "With a spate of racially motivated incidents occurring in my constituency recently, it is clear that hate crimes remain a deplorable feature of contemporary society. For this reason, I very much welcome this initiative, which will help us to tackle the issue head-on at an early age".

Every secondary school in Avon and Somerset has signed up to the True Vision initiative, which is aimed at increasing the reporting of hate crime as well as reducing instances where children are stigmatised or bullied because they are different.

In partnership with local education authorities, hate crime officers will be visiting schools to get across the message that what might seem playground words, can become a crime.

The Labour Government is currently looking at schemes to make the reporting of hate crimes easier for the victim and witnesses, including a dedicated 24-hour helpline to ensure those who commit crimes are stopped and punished.

[8 September 2006]

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