Police and Crime Commissioner statement after racially motivated attack on a Polish man in Leeds (13 Sept 2016)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has moved to reassure Polish and Eastern European communities following a racially motivated attack on a Polish national in Leeds.

Mark Burns-Williamson said "This was a disgusting act committed by people who do not represent West Yorkshire.

"I spend a lot of time out in our diverse communities and I know the vast majority of them are open, inclusive and tolerant and are appalled by this incident.

"West Yorkshire Police have kept me, local councillors and community representatives fully briefed on the investigation and I am confident they are doing everything they can to bring the perpetrators to justice.

"I wish the victim a speedy recovery and would reiterate that there is no place in West Yorkshire for those who foster any kind of hatred and intolerance.

"Extra patrols have been organised in the area to reassure local people and understandably this incident may cause some concern among eastern European communities.

"However myself and West Yorkshire Police are committed to working together with eastern European communities and others to tackle hate crime head on. We will take every report seriously and investigate thoroughly, putting appropriate support in place for any victims.

"For more information on how to report hate crime and the services available to victims visit my website www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/campaigns/hate-crime.aspx"

Anyone who witnessed the incident in Leeds or who has any information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact Detective Constable Danny Wilkinson at Elland Road via 101 quoting crime number 13160390459 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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