A Sheffield councillor who suggested antisocial behaviour may spike around Ramadan has issued a ‘sincere apology’.
Coun Nikki Bond said community figures in the area were working on incentives to tackle bad behaviour in Nether Edge, and said the area might experience an increase in antisocial behaviour during the religious festival of Ramadan.
However, Coun Bond has said she made a ‘mistake’.
She said: “It was a mistake to correlate religion with anti-social behaviour and I apologise. I am sincerely sorry for the upset caused.
“The article was published after a community meeting on how to tackle anti-social behaviour.
“We talked about the causes and a number of possible solutions. This is an issue discussed many times with many different people.
“Nether Edge is a community of many faiths and cultures. I have lived in the ward since 2003 and celebrate the diversity of our great community, which enriches life in the area.
“Those who know me are aware that, since I was elected in 2012, I have worked tirelessly to bring our community together.
“I’ve been welcomed into many Muslim homes, mosques, funerals and weddings. I’ve been open to learning about Islam and felt privileged to consider many of you as friends.
“I want to continue this work, including tackling anti-social behaviour, and hope we can all work together.
“We need community-led solutions based on mutual respect and understanding.
“I hope we can continue to work together to make Nether Edge an even better place to live.”