Allerdale council looks set to formally condemn “racist hatred” when councillors meet later this week.

Councillor Joan Ellis, Labour councillor for Cockermouth’s Christchurch ward, raised the motion after a woman and her children were subjected to racist abuse in Workington town centre earlier this month.

The authority also looks set to pledge to work with police to stamp out hate crime on the streets of the borough.

The motion, which is due to be put to the full council on Wednesday, July 17, reads: "Council notes with abhorrence the recent incident of racist abuse and hate crime in Murray Road, Workington and conveys best wishes to the victims of the attack, and condemns those who bring racist hatred onto our streets.

"Council confirms that it will work with police and other agencies to counter hate crime wherever it appears in our area."

A man was arrested after a woman and two children were subjected to racial abuse on Murray Road on July 1.

Police said they were called to a racially-aggravated public order incident, in which a man had shouted abuse at the woman and children.

A 65-year-old man, from Workington, was arrested and was questioned.

The incident followed a report of four youths racially abusing a woman in the Richmond Croft area of Workington on April 6.

Allerdale council has already voted agreed to adopt an internationally-recognised definition of anti-Semitism.

That vote took place in September.