Chief Constable takes anti-homophobic campaign on the buses

North Wales  Police have joined  forces with  Arriva Buses Wales  in a campaign to encourage more people to report  homophobic  hate crime.

The iniative, using posters displayed inside the company’s fleet of vehicles, is aimed at raising public awareness of the crime and encouraging victims and witnesses to  report incidents to the police.

Last year the force,  in partnership with Stonewall Cymru,  launched a drinks mat  campaign across North Wales  to highlight  the issue. This year Stonewall and the police have enlisted the support of Arriva Buses Wales  in an attempt to reduce the number of  such incidents which take place on public transport.

The clear  message  from the bilingual posters is that North Wales Police will not tolerate  the crime of  homophobic abuse, whether  physical or verbal, and will  seek to  rigorously work with  the appropriate agencies to  prosecute offenders.

Chief Constable of North Wales Police, Mark Polin, who has taken  the  lead on  equality and diversity within the force, said : “We take the issue of homophobic hate crime very seriously and will not tolerate such abuse.
“We welcome  the partnership  work  with Arriva  and Stonewall Cymru  to  raise public awareness of the issue and  to send a clear message  to those who  would carry out this ugly crime.”

Dafydd Williams, General Manager of Arriva Buses Wales, said: “Arriva Buses Wales is always keen to work with our law enforcement colleagues to ensure that everyone in society is treated fairly.

“Where people feel that they cannot conform to this basic set of human rights, we will always support our police in bringing them to justice."

Jenny Porter of Stonewall Cymru, said: “It’s great that the police are working with Arriva Buses Wales to get this message across. I hope that victims and witnesses of homophobic abuse, whether it’s a physical attack or offensive words, will take courage from the posters and report those experiences to the police.

Victims and witnesses should contact North Wales Police on 101, if in Wales, or 08456071001 (Welsh line) 08456071002 (English line). In an emergency call 999. All calls will be treated in the stictest confidence. 

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