Theresa May calls Polish PM 'to express her deep regret' at post-Brexit attacks

It comes after a series of incidents which included the killing of a Polish man 

Joe Watts
Political Editor
Friday 09 September 2016 18:48 BST
Ms May is under pressure from several high profile organisations to take action
Ms May is under pressure from several high profile organisations to take action (Getty Images)

Theresa May has called her counterpart in Poland to express "deep regret" over race-hate attacks on Polish citizens living in the UK.

Downign Street said Ms May told Beata Szydlo that "hate crime has no place in UK society" after Poles fell victim to a series of incidents since Britain voted to leave the EU, including one which left a man dead.

The Polish Embassy in London said its consuls have intervened 15 times in recent weeks over reports of xenophobic incidents.

A Number 10 spokesman said: "The Prime Minister called Prime Minister Szydlo this afternoon to express her deep regret at recent attacks on Polish citizens in the UK.

"Prime Minister Szydlo thanked her for the continuing support of the British authorities and expressed her gratitude that the home secretary and foreign secretary had received their Polish counterparts in London this week to discuss the incidents.

"The Prime Minister reiterated that hate crime has no place in UK society, highlighting the action that both the Government and the police are taking.

"She updated Prime Minister Szydlo on the UK's new Hate Crime Action Plan and the UK-hosted event at the 26 September OSCE meeting in Warsaw."

Attacks on Polish citizens include the killing of Arkadiusz Jozwik in Harlow, Essex, and the assault of two Polish men within hours of a vigil following his death.

The discussions between the two leaders came after Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also held talks with their counterparts on Monday.

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