We believe that it is important to actively remember the victims of hate crime, to show our support to those who have had their lives changed forever by acts of hate. We state clearly that hate crime is not acceptable in our communities and that we will work together to tackle this problem.
Fifteen years ago this April, David Copeland – the London Nail Bomber – set out to stir up fear and hatred by targetting communities with nail bombs in the lead up to the UK’s elections in the hope that he would light a spark that would divide communities and lead to the election of the BNP. Luckily he was caught and his plan failed but not before he had planted three nail bombs – targetting Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho.
The first nail bomb was planted in Brixton on the 17th April 1999, targetting the local Black community. It exploded next to the Iceland store and injured 47 people including a young child that was sitting in a child’s buggy nearby.
The second nail bomb was targetted at the Asian communities around Brick Lane on the 24th April. It exploded next to the Sweet and Spicy Restaurant opposite Brick Lane Police station injuring 6 people including the owner of the restaurant and members of his family.
The third and final nail bomb was planted in The Admiral Duncan bar in Soho on the 30th April. It was targetted against the local gay community, exploding at 6.37pm killing three people (John Light, Nick Moore and Andrea Dykes – and her unborn child) and injuring many more.
The 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime Campaign was set up in April 2009 to mark the 10th anniversary of these attacks – to remember what happened, to show our support to those affected by these attacks, to help organise the annual April Acts of Remembrance and to encourage our communities work closely together to tackle all forms of hate crime. 17-24-30 takes it’s name from the dates of these three attacks, symbolically joining the three dates to remind our communities that violence and hate crime affects us all and that we must join together to tackle and hopefully eliminate this problem.
As we approach the 15th anniversary of these attacks, and start organising the annual April Acts of Remembrance we are calling upon all Faith Leaders, all Politicians and all potential candidates in the forthcoming elections to pledge their commitment to tackling all forms of hate crime, to stand with us, and with those affected by hate crime, to condemn all acts of violence and terrorism and to work together to prevent events like this happeninig again.
We invite everyone to mark the anniversaries of the London Nail Bomb attacks this year by joining our pledge to keep on tackling all forms of hate crime – we can all help to make this world a safer place for all, no place for hate.
Founder 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign