Windrush Day

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, has spoken to mark Windrush Day.

He said: “It was 72 years ago today that a generation of people arrived from the Caribbean to start new lives in the UK. They came with the hope of creating a better life for themselves and their families, and to help rebuild the UK after World War 2.

“Sadly, instead of being welcomed, most were not treated well, facing the most appalling racism and discrimination.

“Windrush Day is an opportunity to celebrate the contribution this generation have made, and continue to make, to society here in Wales and across the UK. It is also a chance to take a moment and reflect where we are today.

“There is no doubt that there have been some improvements, however, as we have seen all too often in the last few months, racism, discrimination and hatred persist in society.

“My message today is clear. Hate crimes will not be tolerated in Gwent.

“One of my key priorities for Gwent is to create a more cohesive community. While this year’s celebrations will look a little different, it is fantastic to see so many people of different backgrounds coming together in whatever way they can safely to mark this special occasion.”