London: Hate crime memorial to take place at St Paul’s

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An act of remembrance for all of those affected by hate crime will take place at St Paul’s Cathedral in London this Saturday.

It is to mark the start of the first ever National Hate Crime Awareness Week from 13 – 19 October.

The 17-24-30 campaign group hope the week will help promote local hate crime services and LGBT support groups.

During this weekend’s service at St Paul’s Cathedral, a Candle of Hope and Remembrance will be lit by Carolyn Moore whose brother Nik Moore was killed along with John Light and Andrea Dykes in the Admiral Duncan Bombing on London’s Old Compton Street in 1999.

The candle will burn in St Paul’s Cathedral in front of The Light of the World painting in the Middlesex Chapel for the duration of the Hate Crime Awareness Week, leading up to the 4th International Day of Hope and Remembrance on Saturday, October 20.

A series of solidarity hate crime vigils are expected to take place around the UK in Brighton, Plymouth, Norwich, Ipswich and around the world.

The London Vigil is organised by 17-24-30 in partnership with the Harvey Milk Foundation.

The vigil took place for the first time in 2009, following the homophobic killing of Ian Baynham in Trafalgar Square.

17-24-30 was founded in April 2009 to mark the 10th anniversary of the London Nail Bomb attacks on Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho.

A memorial bench in honour of the late Jody Drobrowski – a 25-year-old gay barman who died as a result of a homophobic attack seven years ago – will be unveiled in a ceremony on Clapham Common on Sunday, 14 October.