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Young people from the Starting Point charity unveil the Armoured Heart sculpture, a symbol of peace and hope, in Reading

Symbol of Peace Artwork Unveiled As Reading Stands Together Against Knife Crime

  • The Armoured Heart sculpture is a symbol of peace and hope which stands against knife crime
  • Young people from Starting Point charity worked with local artist Stuart Melrose on the project
  • Sculpture will be followed by an ongoing educational outreach programme to challenge knife culture
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Council Pledges Action In Hate Crime Awareness Week

  • Hate Crime Awareness Week is seeking to bring people together to tackle all forms of prejudice and hate
  • The Council is an active member of Reading's Community Safety Partnership which works to reduce and prevent offences including hate crime
  • Advice for countering hate crime online includes reporting and blocking posts and users on social media
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Council receives £429,000 funding to make Reading safer

  • New funding will help make Reading town centre a safer place for residents and visitors
  • Schemes including a Community Safe Hub, CCTV and improved lighting are planned with £429,000 award, with an additional 50% match funding coming from the Council and its partners
  • Residents encouraged to take part in current consultations open now on community safety, serious violence and domestic abuse
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Have your say on Reading’s community safety, serious violence and domestic abuse strategies

  • Residents encouraged to give vital feedback of their views on crime, anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse
  • Feedback will help make Reading safer by shaping future responses to crime and violence
  • Make sure you've had your say by 5 September when consultations end