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Community asked to help identify attackers and pledge to tackle hate crime

Tower Hamlets Council is joining the police in calling for anyone with information about a hate crime which took place outside the Troxy last year to come forward.
The council is also encouraging residents and local organisations to pledge to tackle hate crime in Tower Hamlets and support its No Place for Hate campaign.
Crimewatch has issued an appeal for witnesses – or anyone with information – about an assault which took place as a man left an LGBTQ club night.
Gordon Maxwell was assaulted outside the Troxy, on Commercial Road, at around 3am on December 3 2017. He sustained serious injuries from the brutal attack.
The attacker(s) have not been caught.
A CCTV image has been shared by the police and anyone who can identify the man shown is asked to contact the police on 020 7275 4601, or contact Crimestoppers confidentially on 0800 555 111.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:
“One of the most inspiring things about Tower Hamlets is its diversity – and it’s something I’m very proud of. It’s imperative that all of our residents can live in peace and without fear of discrimination.
“Ours is a borough with a strong spirit of community where people from different backgrounds get on well together – we cannot let a small minority threaten this.
“Hate crime will not be accepted in our borough. I would encourage anyone who has information about the brutal assault of Gordon Maxwell last year to come forward.”
Cllr Asma Begum, Deputy Mayor for Community Safety and Equalities, said:
“The No Place for Hate campaign encourages victims to come forward and sends a clear message to perpetrators that hate crime will not be tolerated. Tower Hamlets is a diverse and inclusive borough. Hate crime is unacceptable and won’t be tolerated within our community.”
The No Place for Hate Forum and Hate Incidents Panel is a partnership forum which leads the campaign to tackle hate crime by providing support to victims, training people to be ‘champions’ in the community by raising awareness and working with organisations to ensure enforcement action.