‘Say NO to hate’ campaign launches

Published Thursday, 19 March 2015

A campaign to encourage victims of ‘hate crime’ to report offences committed against them is being launched this week.

The week-long awareness raising initiative urges people who experience physical, written or verbal abuse for simply being “who they are” to make a stand.

Hate incidents can be physical, written or verbal abuse and anyone can be a victim if they feel they have been targeted because of their age, disability, gender, race, religion, belief or sexual orientation.

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, along with other district and borough councils, county council and police are supporting the week-long effort to urge people to make a stand against those who abuse them.

Councillor David Bill, Chair of the Hinckley and Bosworth Community Safety Partnership, said:

We want victims and witnesses of hate crime to feel able to come forward and report it to individuals and organisations they trust, because it is not acceptable in any form. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and not be targeted for simply being ‘who they are’. I for one would be prepared to listen.

Detective Superintendent Jon Brown, from the Serious Crime Team at Leicestershire Police, said:

We know that hate incidents and hate crimes don’t just impact on the victim but impact on family, friends and the wider community.

Whilst we have made some progress in tackling hate there is still a great deal of work to be done and by working in partnership with county, district and borough council colleagues we will send a very clear message that there is no place for hate crime in Leicestershire.

Leicestershire Police take all hate incidents and hate crimes seriously. I would encourage anyone who has been a victim or has witnessed a hate incident or hate crime to report it.

Awareness raising activities including posters and displays at libraries, reporting centres, staff training and school workshops/assemblies will take place during the week.

To report a hate incident call Leicestershire Police on 101 or the county council on 0116 305 8263 or visit www.leics.gov.uk/reporthate. Alternatively visit one of your local reporting centres. In Hinckley and Bosworth the reporting centres are:

  • Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Hinckley Hub, Rugby Road
  • All libraries in the borough
  • Earl Shilton Community House, Peggs Close, Earl Shilton
  • Gwendoline Community House, 50 Gwendoline Ave, Wykin
  • Barwell Community House, 43 Bradgate Road, Barwell
  • Next Generation, 108 Castle Street, Hinckley

In an emergency, always contact the police on 999. 

A short film about hate crime by Leicestershire Police in partnership with Leicestershire County Council that captures a number of different types of hate incidents/crimes that can affect people in everyday life is here: www.leics.gov.uk/reporthate

To find out more about what you can do visit: www.stamp-it-out.co.uk  - Respect difference, say No to hate. 

Last updated: 19/03/2015 11:17