05:17PM, Friday 01 July 2016
Hate crime reporting statistics have bucked the post-referendum national trend in Slough.
Since the UK voted to leave the European Union, there have been numerous reports across the country of racist incidents.
In the space of a week, the National Police Chiefs' Council said there were 331 hate crime incidents reported to the national online reporting site True Vision compared to the weekly average of 63.
But Slough's local police commander Supt Gavin Wong has revealed there has been no direct increase locally.
He also said incidents reported in the past week were lower than the same period last year.
Supt Wong said he was ‘grateful’ the ‘vile incidents’ had not been replicated in Slough, and added: “In my experience, Slough has always been a cohesive and forward looking community.
“Thames Valley Police is determined to tackle hate crime by working with communities and partners to reduce it. We wish to encourage confidence in reporting it and by effectively investigating those that are reported to us."
Anyone who is a victim or witness of hate crimes can report it to police by calling 101, or the police’s third party Hate Crime Network on 0300 1234 148.