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Cllr Chadderton
Cllr Chadderton
Published: Thursday, 25th August 2022

We are aware of racist literature being posted through doors in Oldham by a far-right group, particularly around Royton.

"We are aware of racist literature being posted through doors in Oldham by a far-right group, particularly around Royton. The Council’s Community Safety Team is aware of the issue, and this has been reported to Greater Manchester Police for action.

"It’s vital that every resident in Oldham knows that racism has no place in our borough, or modern society, and hate speech is never acceptable. It is aimed at dividing our communities and turning us against each other.

"Oldham is wonderfully diverse with an inclusive spirit, and we know most people will be appalled at receiving this type of bigotry through their doors. We are a proud borough and we won’t stand for the hate-fuelled agenda of nationalist groups that do not understand or appreciate the positives of a culturally diverse community, and do not have Oldham’s best interests at heart.

"We face a lot of challenges as a society, not least the cost of living crisis, and this type of propaganda is a distraction from the real action we need to see in our town.

"Do not be persuaded by this hateful material. It is not acceptable, it is a crime and it will not be tolerated.

"We encourage all residents to report incidents of hate speech and hate crime to Greater Manchester Police on 101 or using its online form to Report Hate Speech."

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