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Statement in response to homophobic attack in Hitchin

17 August 2021
Pride rainbow flag in Letchworth

PR Date: Tuesday, 17 August 2021 - 9:15am

In response to a violent homophobic attack on two teenagers in Hitchin on Friday 13 August, North Herts Council Leader, Elizabeth Dennis-Harburg said: “Only three weeks ago I was celebrating with Hitchin’s LGBTQIA+ community at the first Hitchin Pride Picnic. I have been amazed to hear about how this event brought the LGBTQIA+ community together and allowed lasting friendships to be formed and for all to feel accepted and be proud. I am devastated to hear of the homophobic attack on two teenage girls hospitalised on Friday 13 August in Hitchin.

“We have a zero tolerance approach to hate crime and are a third party hate crime reporting centre, with trained hate crime responders. If you are a victim of or have witnessed a hate crime, you can report this directly to us safely and confidently without going directly to the Police.”