Barnstaple Town Councillor Syed Jusef successfully brought forward a motion for the Town Council to adopt a zero tolerance policy in regards to hate crime.
Hate crime within North Devon has increased by 11% with many incidents going unreported. The North Devon Liberal Democrats fundamentally believe that no one should be targeted because of their race, religion or sexual orientation. That is why it is hugely significant for Barnstaple Town Council to condemn such actions. The zero tolerance policy reassures those within the community that they are a valued and respected member.
Syed Jusef: We need to love each other, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation. We want to build better bonds between us and make for a better and safer community."
Mayor of Barnstaple, Cllr Alan Rennles: "There was no objection from anybody. It was a clear attitude that this is something we must do."
The Lib Dems will continue to fight for a fair, equal and just society. We will work with police in order to prevent cases of hate crime