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British Muslims 'should be allowed to bypass police' when reporting hate crime, Andy Burnham says
British Muslims should be given a new way of reporting hate crimes that bypasses the police, because the Government's controversial Prevent anti-extremism strategy has ruined trust between the two parties, Andy Burnham has suggested.
The shadow Home Secretary called for a "root and branch review" of Prevent and said the true scale of Islamophobic hate crimes was being hidden because Muslims were reticent to report such crimes to an institution involved in monitoring them.
Mr Burnham, who is Labour's candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester, compared Prevent to the French ban on the burkini swimming costume and said it "singles out one community for different treatment". He said such an approach risked legitimising or inspiring Islamophobic hate crime.
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