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Polish ministers on way to UK after attacks on Poles in Harlow

Gathering in Harlow Image copyright BBC/Richard Smith
Image caption Hundreds of Poles from across England joined Harlow's residents for a vigil commemorating Arkadiusz Jozwik just hours before the two Polish men were attacked near a pub

A Polish ministerial delegation is expected to arrive in London later in the wake of separate attacks on Polish men in an Essex town.

Two Poles were attacked on Sunday, just hours after a march and vigil to honour Arek Jozwik, who died after an attack in the same town of Harlow.

Both attacks are being treated as "a potential hate crimes", said Essex Police Commissioner Roger Hirst.

The Polish government said it was "concerned about the safety of Poles".

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Image caption Two men were attacked on Sunday outside The William Aylmer public house in Harlow

Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski and Home Affairs Minister Mariusz Błaszczak will meet British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Amber Rudd later.

A statement said: "In the past weeks, the Polish community have experienced numerous xenophobic incidents. Polish consuls intervened 15 times.

"(The) most serious cases included arson, physical assault, hateful graffiti and intimidation."

The Polish consulate is in "direct contact" with Essex Police, the Polish government said.

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