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Reporting a Hate Incident

What is a hate incident?

Hate incident is any offence committed against a person or property that is motivated by the offender's hatred of people because of their race, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender.

What can a hate incident include?

An incident may be verbal or written, physical assault, damage to property or harassment. It can take many forms including:

  • Physical attack - such as physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti
  • Threat of attack - including offensive letters, abusive or obscene calls
  • Verbal abuse or insults
  • Offensive leaflets and posters, hate mail, abusive gestures, dumping of rubbish outside homes
  • Harassment, bullying and victimisation

Why should hate crime be reported?

If you, or someone you know, has been a victim of a hate crime then please report it.

Too many hate crimes go unreported, leaving the offenders free to commit similar crimes again, whether against you or other members of our community. We understand that you might feel nervous about reporting it, but your information is vital to help eliminate hate crimes.

Even if you don't want to give your name - please report it. You can remain anonymous and you can give as much or as little information as you wish.

What you tell us will help to provide a true picture of what is happening within our community.

How can I report an incident?

In an emergency always dial 999.

If you would like to report a hate crime incident to the police, please click here

If you would like to report the incident, but do not want to report it directly to the police at this time, please download the Hate Crime Reporting Form.

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