Joint letter from Sussex Police and Brighton & Hove City Council regarding Hate Crime that is currently taking place within the taxi/PH trade.
Dear Members of the Brighton & Hove Taxi Community,
It has recently come to the notice of Sussex Police and the Brighton and Hove City Council that incidents of hate are being committed between members of the Brighton & Hove Taxi working community. This has appeared to have manifested through a growing culture of intolerance between taxi drivers.
Sussex Police are committed to investigate any incident perceived by a victim, or any other person, to be motivated by hate. Hate includes hostility or prejudice towards an individual because of, among other characteristics, that person’s race, ethnicity, religion or belief.
Incidents of hate can feel like crimes to those who suffer them and often escalate to crimes or tension in a community. Sussex Police are working alongside their partners to encourage the reporting of hate-related incidents and ensure that victims are fully supported. Any hate-related incident will be thoroughly investigated by Sussex Police and offenders brought swiftly to justice.
The Blue Handbook for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire, Drivers, Vehicles and Operators states: ‘the Council will expect to see holders and applicants continuously demonstrate that they can meet or exceed specifications set by council in the four licensing objectives…’ These objectives include the prevention of crime and disorder and the safety and health of the public and drivers.
The Licensing Authority will consider using their powers to suspend or revoke a licence depending on the seriousness of any established misbehaviour.
To report a hate crime, call the Sussex Police Contact Centre on 101 or visit Brighton Police Station at John Street. In an emergency, call 999 immediately. Alternatively, you can report hate crime to Brighton and Hove Council on 01273 292735 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please help us to fight hate within our communities and throughout the City of Brighton & Hove.
Chris Veale – Sussex Police
Jo Player – Brighton and Hove City Council