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Police to march in support as Cornwall Gay Pride parades through Truro
9:49am Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
This year's Cornwall Pride celebrations will will take place on Saturday, August 24 with a parade through the streets of Truro.
The parade will start at 11am from Lemon Quay and this year Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Taylor will lead a contingent of police officers including Chief Superintendent Julie Fielding and members and friends of the Gay Police Association of Devon & Cornwall.
From 12 noon there is a free afternoon of entertainment and community information stalls in Victoria Gardens.
Devon and Cornwall Police Officers and staff will be staffing the police stand, discussing and offering to take reports of homophobic and transphobic hate crimes and Incidents.
Emily Macaulay chair of Devon and Cornwall Gay Police Associations said: "We are proud to once again have the opportunity to participate in Cornwall pride as part of our commitment to be visible in our community.
Simon Hill from Devon and Cornwall Police said: "The trend, with regard to reported homophobic and transphobic hate crime, since 2005 has shown a gradual increase, for the period April 2012 – April 2013 there were 40 such reports in Cornwall. We believe that the number of reports made to the police is only part of the actual number occurring and we are working together with partner agencies and organisations to offer other ways for people to report."
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