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Brian Paddick: better police response to homophobia needed

October 28, 2009 6:58 PM

In an interview with Channel 4 news this week, Lib Dem and formerly highest ranking out officer in the London Metropolitan Police force Brian Paddick spoke out on casual homophobia in the playground and the media and how this pattern of behaviour extends to brutal homophobic attacks. He highlighted that "75% of those surveyed by Stonewall say they did not report (homophobic) attacks to the Police" - and that while we would like to think the increase in reporting reflects a greater confidence in the police force it may well also reflect an increase in hate crime.

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