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No place for hate: Johnny Vegas adds his name to pledge
12:56pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
JOHNNY Vegas led a raft of organisations and high profile St Helens figures in signing a pledge to show that our town is no place for hate.
The comedian and director was joined by the likes of St Helens Council, the police, housing association Helena Partnerships and the fire service in a ceremony held at the town hall.
Together they signed the ‘Organisational Pledge’ to end hate crime during a ceremony at St Helens Town Hall.
A hate crime is when a person is a victim because of their race, religion, sexuality, ethnicity or gender.
Former soldier Andy Reid and Merseyside Police Crime Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, were also there to back the move.
The council says is a public statement by an organisation that sends a clear message to staff and customers that it is working with other local agencies to tackle the crime.
Organisations pledging their support will receive an e-pack, explaining the aims of the campaign, and including posters, a copy of the logo and brand guidelines.
They can then promote the campaign and in their own publications and websites.
A special pledge board will be on display outside St Helens Town Hall this week – showing who has signed so far.
Saints players Josh Jones and Louie McCarthy Scarsbrook are among those who have signed.
Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said tackling any kind of crime that is motivated by hate or discrimination is high on her agenda.
She said: “Hate incidents are often greatly under-reported and I will work with all partners to ensure people feel able to come forward and report such a crime confident that they will be fully supported.”