'No increase in hate crime' post Brexit

Published on: 16 Aug 2016

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Filton has not seen an increase in hate crime since the vote to leave the European Union - despite reported upturns in other parts of Bristol and the UK.

Filton town councillors at their monthly meeting were briefed by local beat officers who said they had not seen any rise in race-related incidents in July.

Officers also said intelligence received had led to the use of thermal imagery cameras to target homes being used to cultivate illegal drugs.

They also reported mopeds being driven at speed especially in Charborough ward and officers have been using what is known as a Section 59 order which can lead to the moped being removed from the user with a charge levied if they want to get it back.

Officers said this had had an impact on reducing these type of incidents.

In response to a public question, Neighbourhood Beat Manager Paula Manos said that incidents involving motorists texting while driving should be reported to police through the 101 non emergency number which will help police teams build up a picture of persistent offenders.

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