Man who wore anti-immigration T-shirt during Romford Armed Forces Day celebrations 'absolutely unacceptable'
PUBLISHED: 13:04 28 June 2016 | UPDATED: 17:36 28 June 2016
A man pictured wearing a T-shirt that read "Yes we won! Now send them back" has been lambasted by people across the country.
The picture emerged on Saturday as hundreds lined the streets of Romford town centre to mark Armed Forces Day.
The photograph shows the man following the procession in the town wearing the anti-immigration T-shirt.
Havering Council leader, Cllr Roger Ramsey, said: “That [the man seen at Romford’s Armed Forces Day parade] is absolutely unacceptable to me. We always, I think, try to have a good hearted east London, Essex, attitude towards life in Havering. I see no reason why this should start now.
“People need to remember that we have always prided ourselves on being a fair and tolerant society and also to recognise that those residents from other countries who are working and in many cases supporting our public services and our way of life are important to us and deserve the same respect as everybody else.
“The council takes hate crime very seriously and if a resident needs to report an incident, they must contact the police.
“We continue to work with the police to ensure the community is free of hate crime.”
The picture has been shared thousands of times on social media with the man widely criticised.
Britain has seen a surge in hate crimes since the result of the referendum was announced on Friday morning.
True Vision, a police-funded online reporting facility for hate crime, said it received 85 reports between Thursday and Sunday – compared with 54 reports during the same period last month.
This led Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to issue a rallying call to Londoners yesterday (Monday), reiterating the need for everyone to “stand guard” against hate crime.
In a statement, Mr Khan said: “Last week the country voted to leave the European Union, but London voted to stay.
In every corner of our city, including those few areas where the majority voted to leave, people of all nationalities, races and religions live cheek by jowl, in harmony.
“I say to them all you are, and you will continue to be, welcome in London and in all our communities. As Mayor, I take seriously my responsibility to defend London’s fantastic mix of diversity and tolerance.”