Bid To Cut Rise In Race Attacks
February 4, 2002
BYLINE: Evening Chronicle
Asylum seekers suffering race hate attacks in Newcastle’s West End are to benefit from a new initiative. An asylum seeker support worker and community beat manager are being appointed to help the rising number of foreigners in the area. Calls to police involving asylum seekers have risen from 15 a month last January to 68 per month. A Community and Race Relations Audit found 77 per cent of asylum seekers felt it served no purpose reporting incidents. Last May a Special Investigation Unit [SIU] was set up at Newcastle West Area Command to deal with hate crime. Last year a quarter of the force’s racist incidents were in that area. The new posts will help the SIU improve its service to victims and improve community confidence in the police. Money for the scheme is through a partnership of Northumbria Police, Newcastle City Council, plus Angel Group Limited and Roselodge Group, which work with councils to house asylum seekers. The asylum seeker support worker will fit in with two existing Asian link workers.