Man convicted of racially and religiously aggravated public order offence

A man has been convicted of a racially and religiously aggravated public order offence.

Patrick Collier, aged 40 of Fulham appeared at Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty to intentionally causing racially and religiously aggravated harassment, alarm and distress. He received a 12-month Community Order and a 35-day Rehabilitation Activity Order.

On Sunday, 9 October 2016, police officers on patrol in Lillie Park, SW6, found stickers of an Islamophobic nature stuck to a notice board. Further enquires were carried out and a number of other stickers were located in and around the park.

Between 18 October and 13 December 2016, 12 such other incidents were reported to police and local authority, near Lillie Road Recreational Ground.

Collier (pictured) was arrested and charged on 14 December 2016 with a religiously motivated offence under S31 Crime and Disorder Act 1988.

Det Sgt Sanj Bhanot from Hammersmith and Fulham Community Safety Unit said: “Hate crime is unacceptable and any offence is of great concern. The Community Safety Unit, led by Det Insp James Shirley, conducted a lengthy investigation which resulted in criminal convictions.

“This investigation was a great display of joint partnership working, involving the Community Safety Unit, Fulham Safer Neighbourhood Team, Parks Police and Fulham Council who collectively applied both covert and overt methods, which resulted in Patrick Collier being arrested and convicted for these offences.

“If you’ve been a victim of hate crime you can report it to police over the phone by calling 101 or if it’s an emergency you should call 999.”

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