16/06/2016

Cleveland’s PCC, Force, 4 Council Leaders and 6 Cleveland MPs

Cleveland PCC Barry Coppinger, plus all four Cleveland council leaders and all six Cleveland MPs, have issued jointly the statement below in response to the events in Orlando, ...

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..... and in advance of the Orlando vigil in Centre Square, Middlesbrough, at 5pm today, Thursday 16th June.   The statement also has the support of Temporary Chief Constable Iain Spittal and the Force will fly the Rainbow flag tomorrow.

As elected representatives from across Cleveland we stand together in solidarity with our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community following the horrific events in Orlando earlier this week.

This was a direct attack on the LGB&T community and we understand the emotional impact that this has had on our local LGB&T community and the potential fear and tension that this has led to.

We want to reassure anyone within the LGB&T community that as agencies we are here to support you if you are suffering from prejudice and intolerance, and you should not be afraid to report incidents to the police and other criminal justice support agencies.

In the 21st century it is completely unacceptable that anyone should be targeted because of who they are, be that as a result of their sexuality, gender identity, disability, race or religion, and we remain committed to stamping out intolerance and prejudice in all its forms.

Cleveland police force will be flying the LGB&T rainbow flag at half-mast today as a mark of respect.
The vigil takes place in Centre Square in Middlesbrough at 5.00pm today (Thursday 16th June).   Everyone welcome and all are invited to bring along candles and flags to mark the occasion.

PCC Barry Coppinger
Councillors Christopher Akers-Belcher; Dave Budd; Bob Cook; Sue Jeffrey
MPs Tom Blenkinsop; Alex Cunningham; Andy McDonald; Anna Turley; Iain Wright; James Wharton