In response to media coverage of a joke made by comedian Jimmy Carr, Mike Ainsworth, the Chair of the NPCC Hate Crime Independent Advisory Group has made the following statement;
“Recent research shows that Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people experience hate and prejudice on almost daily basis, from social media abuse, to bullying, to acts of race hate. Whilst Mr Carr’s remarks fall outside a criminal response they remind us of the need to have an effective response to Hate Speech and Hate Incidents. Both are potential precursors to acts of cruelty and oppression. Comments like these normalise racism and other forms of discrimination that damage society and increase the likelihood of Hate Crimes. ”
Issued 8th February, 2022
Note - This statement is from the Independent Advisory Group who bring victims, advocacies and professionals together to advise police responses to hate crimes. Their views are independent from the police.