BARRIE GRUNEWALD: We must all stand up to hate

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The past few weeks have been marred by tragic events across the globe but I’m proud to say that St Helens has shown its support by flying the flag in solidarity.

As a supporter of our LGBT community, St Helens Council displayed the rainbow flag at half-mast above the town hall at the beginning of last week as a mark of respect for the victims of the Orlando nightclub shootings.

Jo Cox MP

Jo Cox MP

Any form of hate crime should not be tolerated. Hate crime is any offence or incident committed against individuals, groups and communities because of who they are.

If you or someone you know is being victimised or targeted because of their sexuality, age, disability, gender, race or religion, this can be reported confidentially to the following numbers:

· St Helens Council: 01744 676789

· Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111

· Merseyside Police: 101

· Emergencies only: 999

The St Helens No Place for Hate campaign asks residents to sign an online pledge – demonstrating their commitment to stamp out hate crime locally.

The Union Jack is currently flying at half-mast as a mark of respect to Jo Cox MP, who was has brutally murdered after being shot and stabbed on a street in her West Yorkshire constituency on Thursday.

Jo was an exceptional person, full of life and an energetic campaigner for the causes she passionately believed in.

She had been to some of the most dangerous places in the world as an aid worker and yet she was slain in a quiet market town in what was a truly horrific attack.

My thoughts and prayers go out to her husband Brendan, her two children and her extended family at this terribly sad time.