Attacks on Poles on the rise. After Brexit, anti-immigrant Brits openly show their hostility.
PiS government sent Polish officers to patrol the town streets.
Now it's Polskie beat: Polish officers begin patrolling the streets of Harlow weeks after man was beaten to death by 'racist gang of youths'
Second lieutenant Bartosz Czernicki and chief sergeant Dariusz Tybura patrolled the streets today in their official Polish State Police uniforms The move is designed to reassure members of Harlow's Polish community They are 'scared' and 'worried' after killing of Arkadiusz Jóźwik last month He was assaulted after youths heard him speaking in his mother tongue The cops have no formal powers, but it is hoped they will ease tensions Two Polish officers have arrived on the streets of Harlow weeks after a man was beaten to death in a suspected hate crime.
Second lieutenant Bartosz Czernicki and chief sergeant Dariusz Tybura patrolled the streets this morning in their official Polish State Police uniforms.
The move is designed to reassure members of the town's sizeable Polish community who are said to be 'scared and worried' after the killing of Arkadiusz Jóźwik last month.
The beloved uncle - who moved to the UK four years ago - was assaulted outside a pizza restaurant by a gang of youths after they heard him speaking in his mother tongue with pals.
A witness described the youths as 'hyenas' after the late night attack on August 27.
He was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, before being transferred to Addenbrooke's Hospital, in Cambridge, where he died two days later.
His friend - a 43-year-old man from Harlow was also taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital - with suspected fractures to his hands and bruising to his stomach. He has since been discharged from hospital.
Three other Poles have also been attacked in separate recent incidents in the town.
The deployment of the officers comes after Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European commission, condemned attacks on Polish people in the UK.
Speaking in his annual state of the union address yesterday, he said: 'We Europeans can never accept Polish workers being beaten up, harassed or even murdered in the streets of Essex.'
The officers will not have police powers but will patrol the streets in a community-support role. Jó¿wik was assaulted outside a pizza restaurant and died two days later in hospital
Jóźwik was assaulted outside a pizza restaurant and died two days later in hospital
Their arrival has split opinion in the Essex town.
Resident Tom Flynn said: 'I never thought I would ever see the day Polish police officers would patrol Harlow.
'I would say it is really distressing. I don't know where the violence has come from.'
Eric Hind, a Harlow-based Pole who organised a protest march in the town after Jóźwik's killing, was sceptical about the move.
He told the Guardian: 'I welcome everyone who wants to help with this complex problem, but I haven't noticed the difference. I really hope I can see them back on the street at 11pm tonight actually doing something for the community, dealing with things and not just posing for selfies. People here are scared and worried.'
But Paula Templeman, 36, who was sitting outside a cafe, said the officers were 'completely approachable' and 'seemed lovely'.