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British Transport Police join the party at this weekend’s Leeds Pride

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Leeds Pride 2016

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Officers and staff from Leeds railway station will be on hand this weekend to welcome visitors to the city for this years Leeds Pride.

We will be there at the station as part of ‘Team Leeds’  to welcome Pride goers to the city and point them in the right direction to where all the action will be throughout the weekend.

Our officers and staff will also be promoting our #WeStandTogether campaign, aimed at eradicating hate crime from the rail network.
 
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Chief Inspector Lorna McEwan from BTP said; “We are delighted to once again stand together with Leeds Pride on its 10th anniversary, and get involved in this fantastic weekend. If you spot us at the station or around the city please stop and say hello, grab yourself a selfie and pick up one of our hate crime information cards.”

We will be on hand to explain more about the campaign, which upholds the message that everyone has the right to travel on the rail network without fear of intimidation, abuse or violence or the fear of being targeted because of who they are or who others perceive them to be.

It also calls on anyone who might witness a hate crime to report it, as well as offering different ways of making a report, including by texting us on 61016 if they need to contact us without making a call.

Diversity and inclusion manager for BTP Barry Boffy said: “The message is clear – We stand together with the LGBT community to tackle hate crime. We won’t tolerate behaviour where someone is targeted because they’re different, or made to feel uncomfortable on their journey. Be proud of your uniqueness.

“We hope to meet as many of you as possible over the weekend.”

CI McEwan added: “In light of recent events it is more important then ever that we stand together and unite against hate crime. Everyone is entitled to be themselves and be who they want to be.
“We have done a huge amount of work to develop links with transgender communities and this weekend’s celebration presents another opportunity to strengthen these links.
“Our officers will be on the lookout for anyone who engages in hate crime or prejudicial behaviour and will take all appropriate steps to deal with offenders.
“We want everyone in the city to have a great weekend and we will do everything in our power to make sure this is the case.”



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