Tony Lloyd is urging the communities of Greater Manchester to stand together against hate crime.
Speaking out in support of National Hate Crime Awareness week, the Police and Crime Commissioner is encouraging victims of hate crime to come forward and not suffer in silence.
“Hate crime is vicious and unacceptable and ruins many people’s lives,” says Tony.
“The reality is there are some abhorrent individuals who seek to divide our communities and we need to stand together against them and say no to hate crime. That’s why I’m encouraging people to come forward and report hate crime, so we can work together with the police to challenge it, stop it and bring those responsible to justice.”
“It’s also about helping victims, and Greater Manchester Police works with many organisations to raise awareness of hate crime and how people can get support. If you don’t feel comfortable or confident enough to speak directly to the police, there are a number of third party reporting centres across Greater Manchester where you can discreetly report hate crime.”
Hate crime is a crime committed against someone because of their disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender identity. In April, Greater Manchester Police also became the first police force in the UK to record alternative subculture hate crime which includes groups such as Goths, Emos, Punks and Metallers. Find out more at www.gmpcc.org.uk/hatecrime.
To report a hate crime contact the police on 101 or dial 999 where there’s a threat to life or a crime in progress. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or you can report it online at www.report-it.org.uk/home
You can also report hate crime at a third party reporting centre. These are independent, non-police centres that allow you to report incidents in complete confidence. If you’d rather not talk to anyone you can use a ‘self-reporting’ pack. Find a third party reporting centre in your area at www.gmpcc.org.uk/hatecrime