Research to understand victims’ experiences of Hate Crime

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NatCen Social Research would like your help for important research to enhance understanding of victims’ experiences of hate crime. The research seeks to explore people’s direct experiences of hate crime, including motivations for and barriers to reporting, and related interactions with the police and support organisations. Our findings will inform recommendations to improve how hate crime is handled in policy and practice.

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NatCen is an independent, not-for-profit organisation with almost 50 years’ experience of producing evidence to inform government, public services, charities, and other organisations working to address society’s challenges. This study was commissioned by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services, who independently assess the effectiveness and efficiency of police, fire and rescue services in England and Wales.

They would like to talk to anyone who has been a victim of any type of hate crime or hate-related incident in England or Wales from January 2017. They would really appreciate your help to find individuals who might wish to take part in a research interview in the next few weeks. For more information about this research and next steps, please get in touch on Freephone 0808 169 1224 or

The sort of things they will ask about during the interview are:

  • A bit about your background and daily life
  • Your experience(s) of hate crime
  • Your views about reporting the crime to the police
  • Any help and support you may have received throughout this process.


Each interview will take around 60 minutes and can take place over the phone or face-to-face. Taking part is completely voluntary, and you are free to change your mind at any time. NatCen will write a report about the issues you and others speak about in the interviews, but they will not use your name and any details that could identify you in any way. Everyone who participates in the research will receive £20 to thank them for their time. If you are interested in taking part or would like further information, contact: or Freephone 0808 169 1224.


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Fathers Day

June 17th is Fathers day this year, it’s also 18 years since my father passed away

I was not born Glen Chisholm, the name Chisholm was given to me by the man that became my father but was not my biological father.
I called Granville Chisholm dad because that is what he was to me, he adopted me and raised me with my mother just as if I was his own.
When my dad died it left a massive gap in our lives, the pain was immense and while we have adapted, adjusted and learnt to deal with the loss the pain is still there.
My dad was only 44 when he was taken from us, at 45 I’m now older then my father ever was. Sometimes this feels hard to comprehend I measure it with my view of the world and how I’m still learning and growing and my dad missed out on the chance to grow as a person.
I’m a father myself to my wonderful son Clinton, he’s grown into a wonderful young man, 21 and finishing university hungry to explore the world and what it offers. He was a small child when my dad passed. He got to tell his grandad he loved him but my dad has missed out on seeing the amazing young man he’s become.
My dad would have four  Grandsons, along with Clinton my sister Naomi has three wonderful young boys Theo, Max and the newest addition Beau. You can see my dad in young Theo and the memory of their Grandad is kept alive but the pain of my dad never getting to hold them and watch them grow.
Being a father is an amazing honour and it really makes a difference to a young child the relationship between you. I was blessed in that while my natural father had little to do with me growing up I had an amazing role model that stepped up and played the role that helped shape my life
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So on fathers day I wish all the best for all the fathers the father fugures and all those role models making a difference in a young person’s life
And I’ll be remembering my father
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Indian Summer Mela 2018


A rich and colourful celebration of Asian culture.

Highlights include a glittering mix of live entertainment of stunning and vibrant performances of Bollywood dances, songs, music, Bollywood dance workshops, Indian cooking demonstrations, sari & turban demonstrations, Mela’s Got Talent, a vibrant market and an Indian food village.

Indulge in delicious Indian cuisine from across the Indian subcontinent. Spend the day exploring and enjoying this exciting expression of Asian culture at this family-friendly festival.

Sunday 8th July, 12pm-6pm in Christchurch Park, Ipswich

Stall pitches available at Indian Summer Mela

Download the forms below:

Mela stallholder booking form

Mela Stallholders Information

Mela 2018 Mela Catering form

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Mobile police station across Ipswich

Officers from Ipswich will be staffing a mobile police station during June at variety of locations across the town.

The facility has been established in response to the death of Tavis Spencer-Aitkens who was murdered on Saturday 2 June.

The mobile station will be positioned at key locations across the town and will be staffed by police officers who will be on hand to address local concerns and provide reassurance and visibility to members of the public.

No definitive times for the mobile station have been established, but is likely to be in place to cover daytime and early evening to ensure as many people as possible are able to access the facility.

Additional police patrols are continuing in the vicinity of where the attack took place and across Ipswich to offer reassurance to residents. Officers are maintaining an ongoing dialogue with community leaders to address the concerns of people living and working in the area.

Supt. Kerry Cutler for the Southern area said: “We fully appreciate that following Saturday’s tragic incident concern remains high among the community. The mobile station will provide a visible and roving presence to people in Ipswich over the coming weeks to ensure we continue to listen and understand concerns of the community.”

Monday 11 June – Hadleigh Road, Sainsburys

Tuesday 12 June – Surrey Rd

Wednesday 13 June – Lupin Rd/Cowslip Close

Thursday 14 June – Wells Close

Friday 15 June – Clarkson Street

Saturday 16 June – McDonalds Tavern Street

Sunday 17 June – Dickens Rd

Monday 18 June – Wellington St YMCATuesday 19 June – Coltsfoot Rd

Wednesday 20 June – Norwich Rd/Clarkson St

Thursday 21 June – Victoria St

Friday 22 June – Stopford Ct

Saturday 23 June – McDonalds Tavern Street

Sunday 24 June – Wells Close

Monday 25 June – Dickens RdTuesday 26 June – Lavender Hill

Wednesday 27 June – YMCA

Thursday 28 June – Wells Close

Friday 29 June – McDonalds Tavern St

Saturday 30 June – Kelly Rd

Sunday 31 June – Surrey Rd

Help us keep our communities safe.

Police advice on a variety of subjects can be accessed via

To report something, or to otherwise contact Police, use the link

To report something anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or

Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.

Always call 999 in emergencies, or if an immediate police response is required.

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Dog Show in North West Ipswich


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Bass Reeves, Real Lone Ranger, Old West Hero and Trendsetting African American

He`s is a name any fan of the old west should know but most don`t, Some say U.S. Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves was the inspiration for “The Lone Ranger.” If he was, you might say he lived a life more dangerous and interesting than the legend that rose from it. In 1838.

Bass Reeves began life as a slave in Crawford County, Arkansas. During the Civil War he accompanied his master — Colonel George Reeves — as the Colonel joined the Confederate Army. After hearing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Bass proclaimed himself to be a free man and escaped. he was embraced immediately by the Cherokee. It was here that he learned to ride, track, shoot, and speak five Native American languages fluently.

At a time when the average man was about 5’6”, Reeves was a towering 6’2.” He was broad at the shoulders, narrow at the hips, and said to possess superhuman strength. The first black lawman west of the Mississippi, Reeves cut a striking figure on his large gray (almost white) horse, while wearing his trademark black hat and twin .45 Colt Peacemakers cross-draw style.

He gave out silver dollars as a calling example of his work three men he was pursuing managed to get the drop on him and ordered him off his horse. The leader approached, gloating that the “Indomitable Marshal” was about to die.

Showing no fear, Reeves calmly took out his warrants and asked the three men, “What is the date today?”

The puzzled leader asked, “What difference does that make?”Reeves explained that he’d need to put the date of the arrest on the paperwork when he took the three of them in — dead or alive, their choice.The three men laughed at the absurdity of the thought, and Marshal Reeves used the distraction to grab the barrel of the leader’s gun. One of the men opened fire, but Reeves drew and shot him dead. He then killed the leader by bashing his skull with his pistol. The third man wisely submitted to the arrest.

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Forgotten D-Day Heroes

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The 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion – the first African American unit in the segregated US Army to come ashore on D-Day

Most films about the storming of Omaha Beach in France on June 6, 1944 don’t show any black soldiers. Most textbooks never mention them, but they were there, fighting against tyranny — all while dealing with it at home and in the military.

The 320th were charged with raising hydrogen-filled balloons over the beaches anchored to steel cables. Tucked under the 125-pound gasbags were small bombs 

Until the beaches were cleared, the 320th were infantry troops as well. Digging trenches and round up German troops.

They suffered daily humiliations at the hands of white commanders who considered them less intelligent and courageous than white men. It didn’t matter to them that nearly 2000 Black soldiers had landed in Normandy that day to fight alongside them.

Even still, they did what they were asked to protect the freedoms that they weren’t fully given.

They carried the wounded to safety and buried the dead. They drove ambulances, earth-movers and the trucks that would supply the front lines.

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