Pride comes to Chester Date published: 30th September 2015 10.17am

The streets of Chester will be aglow with all of the colours of the rainbow on Saturday as the city celebrates Chester Pride.

The festival celebrates the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. To show his continued support, John Dwyer, Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire will be taking part in the march – accompanied by a variety of people including students and staff from Chester University - through the city.

John Dwyer said, “Hate crime is abhorrent and shouldn’t be tolerated by anyone. No-one should be persecuted for being who they want to be. This is the message that myself and the Chief Constable Simon Byrne want to spread around the county.”

Chief Inspector Paul Williams, from Chester Local Policing Unit said, “Offering a policing presence at Chester Pride is fantastic and is a great way for us to remind people that we’re here to support the communities of Cheshire, where and when they need us. If you have any issues, tell us and we’ll listen to you and provide the care and support you need.

“We’re not here to prevent people having fun on Saturday; we just want to make sure everyone enjoys the event.”

On 10 October, Cheshire Constabulary are launching a campaign that will tackle some of the taboo around hate crime and encourage people to come forward and report it.

To start the conversation about hate crime, Cheshire Police are launching a survey to see how much people know about the crime. Visit www.cheshire.police.uk to take part now.