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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 November, 2004, 06:18 GMT
Scheme to fight faith hate crimes
A new scheme is being set up by police to combat crimes against the Muslim community in east London.

Islamophobia - Don't Suffer in Silence is a crime reporting scheme, set up in Tower Hamlets, which aims to encourage Muslims to report faith hate crimes.

Police hope it will raise awareness of Islamophobia and help police to understand the extent of the problem.

As part of the scheme thousands of information packs will be distributed to mosques and community venues.

Borough commander for Tower Hamlets, Ch Supt Mark Simmonds said they hoped to forge stronger links with the Muslim community.

"Every individual in Tower Hamlets has the right to feel safe and by working together with local people we can work to combat insidious incidents of Islamophobia as well as other faith hate crimes."

The new scheme will be launched at the London Muslim Centre, in Whitechapel Road, on Wednesday afternoon.

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