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UK Polish ambassador: Harlow 'open place for different nations'

Mural in Harlow by Yola (Jola Kudela)
Image caption Polish artist Jola Kudela created a mural featuring Harlow citizens for the town's Meet the Neighbours Polish Day

The Polish ambassador to the UK has described the town where a Polish man was killed six months ago as "an open place for different nations".

Arkadiusz Jozwik, 39, was attacked on 27 August in The Stow, Harlow, and later died in hospital.

Arkady Rzegocki visited the town as part of Essex Book Festival's Meet The Neighbours Polish Day.

A 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named because of his age, was charged with Mr Jozwik's manslaughter in December.

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Image caption Arkadiusz Jozwik died two days after being attacked in The Stow, Harlow

During his visit, Mr Rzegocki saw a mural featuring Harlow citizens, including its MP Conservative Robert Halfon.

The artwork, called "We're all the same boat" was created by Polish artist Jola Kudela for the book festival.

"The message is just relax guys and let's live together peacefully and quietly," she said.

Image caption Ambassador Arkady Rzegocki said the mural showed Harlow was open for "different nations"
Image caption Harlow MP Robert Halfon said the town welcomed the Polish community

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