AN INDEPENDENT review into the cause of the recent violent unrest in East Leicester will be led by Dr Chris Allen, Associate Professor of Hate Studies at the University of Leicester.
Dr Allen will be supported by social research experts from the University of Leicester and De Montfort University.
Leicester City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby commissioned the review and it is expected that the results will be published in early 2023.
Sir Peter said: “Dr Allen and his colleagues have extensive experience in hate crime research and also have a deep knowledge of our town and the community cohesion that we have enjoyed here for many decades.
“There are many theories floating around about what led to the recent mess – the likes of which have not been seen here before. It is important that we get to the facts as quickly and efficiently as possible so that we can all take whatever action is necessary for us. make sure you never see him again.
Dr Allen said: ‘In leading the review, I will draw on over two decades of research expertise to try to better understand what caused the disruptions and why they happened when they happened. Far from trying to assign blame, the learning gathered will instead provide a meaningful starting point, from which we can all work to rebuild the good relationships that have been a defining feature of Leicester over the past few decades.”
Dr. Allen and his team were asked to produce an educated summary of what happened before and during the period of the disorder, and to establish any real or perceived contributing factors that caused it.
They were also asked to provide an assessment of current and future risks related to community tensions and mitigation measures that could be put in place; and recommendations for actions that could be taken by the council, other public agencies and the community.
The review aims to support the development of a national master plan for other cities to help build community cohesion in the face of rapidly changing national and international social and political influence.
The review team is expected to interview a wide range of people as part of its evidence gathering. This will include local residents and business owners; elected councillors; and representatives of public agencies such as schools, colleges, health services and the police.
Areas of interest that may be explored include the role that different agencies play in promoting community relations; and how local communities and wider society can come together to promote community cohesion in Leicester.
The full terms of reference for the exam are available on the board’s website here: https://bit.ly/3TFHPzp