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UN urges action over UK race abuse

4:21am EDT - 01:37

The United Nations urges Britain to act after a spate of racially motivated hate crimes in the wake of the vote to leave the EU. Paul Chapman reports.

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European migrants who've settled in the eastern England town of Boston are worried. Migration was a key issue in last week's referendum on European Union membership and Boston has the highest percentage of residents who voted to leave. Polish residents interviewed by Reuters say there've been messages of support on social media websites but also instances of verbal abuse. (SOUNDBITE)(English) IGA PACZKOWSKA, BOSTON RESIDENT, SAYING: "When they woke up on June 24th and realised we are still here they became a little more open about their feelings." (SOUNDBITE)(English) BOSTON RESIDENT KAROL SOKOLOWSKI SAYING: "They fear that they are going to be treated the same as they were before we were in the EU, that they are going to be treated worse because they are migrants." Polish and Muslim leaders have expressed concern about a spate of racially motivated hate crimes nationally since the 'leave' vote. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says the government must put a stop to any further xenophobic abuse. (SOUNDBITE)(English) UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, ZEID RA'AD AL HUSSEIN, SAYING: "This should not be interpreted by some individuals that they have licence to take leave of their senses and embrace a mob-like behaviour in respect of vulnerable communities." Prime Minister David Cameron's condemned the attacks, which include damage to a Polish cultural centre in London, and offensive leaflets targeting Poles distributed in a central England town.

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UN urges action over UK race abuse

4:21am EDT - 01:37