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Drop-in centre to tackle racism
People in Cornwall who are subjected to racist abuse are to benefit from a drop-in centre where they can get help.

The new centre is being opened at Walsingham Place in Truro on Friday.

The anti-racism project is being run by Young People Cornwall and the centre's aims are to allow people to challenge all forms of racism.

The drop-in centre will open three days a week and provide confidential advice and support for people from black and ethnic minorities.

According to the 2001 census there are nearly 5,000 people in Cornwall who identify themselves as black and minority ethnic.

Official crime figures show that between 2003 and 2004 there was a 50% increase in racial crime in the Devon and Cornwall Police area.

The new centre will be open on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays between 1000 BST and 1400 BST.

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