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New officer to target hate crime

Det Insp Gary Atkinson
Det Insp Gary Atkinson will be based in the east of Hertfordshire

A new detective inspector for domestic violence and hate crime has been appointed by police in Hertfordshire.

Det Insp Gary Atkinson, based in Hitchin, has 20 years of service as a detective.

He said: "Domestic violence can take many forms, it can be physical, psychological, financial or sexual and I would like to reach out to victims.

"I appreciate it cannot always be easy to come forward but there are many agencies that can help you through."

Det Insp Atkinson said help is available for the victims of this type of crime even though victims may not feel they will be supported.

"We appreciate that it is extremely difficult and circumstances may not be ideal for the victim to support this type of crime," he said.

"But we would like to reassure people that we can support them and have the help and support of a number of agencies who can help us to do this.

"We have a policy where we will arrest those involved in a domestic violence incident and deal with them."

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