Audio: Jabeer Butt on BBC Essex- 29 November 2011

Publisher: Race Equality Foundation & BBC Essex

Publication date: November 2011

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Jabeer Butt, Deputy CEO of the Race Equality Foundation, spoke to Radio station BBC Essex about racist incidents in the UK today. Although the police recorded 54,872 racist incidents in 2009/10 and 51,187 in 2010/11, Mr Butt argued that Britain has a proud tradition of challenging racism, and that great strides have been made in police responses to reports of racism. However, he also emphasised that a large number of incidents continue to go unreported, and that the police, or transport police, should remain the first port of call for those experiencing or witnessing racism.

Mr Butt was asked to speak in response to a recent string of reported racist incidents, including a video of a women racially abusing other passengers, allegedly filmed on a tram in Croydon. A woman is due to appear before Croydon Magistrates' Court later.