Together with Labour colleagues I have written to the Home Secretary requesting a meeting to discuss additional funding for mosque security. Following the terrorist atrocity in Christchurch and with Ramadan fast approaching, I want Cardiff Central constituents to feel safe when attending prayers, wherever they pray.
The Government has announced some additional funding for security measures at mosques and I welcome this, but the application process for obtaining funding needs to start as soon as possible, be simple to complete and most importantly, be available so that the additional security measures can be put in place before the start of Ramadan.
Cardiff is a diverse, tolerant and welcoming city, but we cannot be complacent about the rise in hate crime. There have been over 1200 recorded incidences of hate crime across the UK during 2017/18, a rise of 26% on the previous year according to the charity Tell Mama. We know that many hate crimes go unrecorded so the prevalence is even higher.
Hope not Hate’s report on “The State of Hate 2019”makes very worrying reading, you can find a link to the report below;
I continue to raise my concerns in Parliament and through my longstanding work with Hope not Hate and Show Racism the Red Card.
I would encourage anyone who witnesses a hate crime to report it to South Wales Police using the steps in the webpage below;