Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-04-2015: Following on from a number of recent Hate Crime attacks in Belfast on the Polish Community Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin, Superintendent Paula Hilman and Jerome Mullan, the Honorary Consul General pictured during a interview highlighting how they have been working together to tackle the issue of Hate Crime..Picture By: Arthur Allison..
Andrea McKernon

The rise in hate attacks has prompted a visit to Belfast from the Polish ambassador.

Northern Ireland's Honorary Consul to Poland, Jerome Mullen confirmed that the country's UK ambassador, Witold Sobkow would visit at the beginning of June to meet and discuss the upsurge in hate crimes against his country's nationals.

"He will deliver a lecture at Queen's University and visit Polish families affected race hate crimes," he said.

The Honorary Consul also said Ambassador Sobkow would speak about Delta Packaging, the west Belfast firm that has opened operations in Poland.

Hate crime against all minorities is on the increase.

Compared with the previous year there were increases across all but one of the six hate incident types recorded in 2014/15 - racist incidents increased by 374 from 982 to 1,356 and racist crimes increased by 230 from 691 to 921.

In a typical day a hate-motivated crime was reported every three hours, with assaults and threats to kill among the offences.

The Polish government has expressed concern at an upsurge in attacks against its citizens living in Northern Ireland.

Mr Mullen accused Stormont's political leaders of not doing enough to tackle the problem.


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