Plea to re­port hate crime

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page -

Crimestop­pers is urg­ing Ex­press read­ers to re­port in­ci­dents of hate crime.

Hate crime is thought to be mas­sively un­der-re­ported, which is why the crime preven­tion char­ity wants the public to come for­ward.

Many peo­ple ac­cept some in­ci­dents as‘part of life’and do not re­alise that the abuse they are suf­fer­ing or wit­ness­ing is a crime.

They may also mis­tak­enly be­lieve that noth­ing will be done about it.

In­ci­dents can be mo­ti­vated by race, re­li­gion, gen­der or gen­der iden­tity, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion or dis­abil­ity.

Vic­tims may be sub­jected to phys­i­cal as­saults or suf­fer dam­age to their prop­erty — and they may also ex­pe­ri­ence the threat of an at­tack or ver­bal abuse.

Over the pe­riod of May to Septem­ber this year, com­pared with De­cem­ber last year to April 2017, Crimestop­pers ex­pe­ri­enced an 88 per cent in­crease in calls and con­tacts re­lat­ing to hate crime in Scot­land.

These in­cluded a 50 per cent in­crease in calls linked to Is­lam­o­pho­bia and a 40 per cent hike in information about racism.

An­gela Parker, na­tional man­ager for Crimestop­pers Scot­land, said: “Hate crime has a ter­ri­ble im­pact on vic­tims. It is to­tally un­ac­cept­able to at­tack or threaten some­one be­cause they iden­tify as a par­tic­u­lar race, re­li­gion, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, or have a dis­abil­ity.

“We urge any­one who has information about the per­pe­tra­tors of this crime to con­tact us 100 per cent anony­mously.

“We un­der­stand it’s not easy to step up and re­port some­one, es­pe­cially if they’re a close friend or fam­ily mem­ber, but we do not take per­sonal de­tails and we can’t trace information given to us by phone or on­line. No-one will ever know you con­tacted us.”

Con­tact Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111 or through the anony­mous form at www.crimestop­pers-uk.org

OUR FAB­RIC WALL COV­ER­ING IS EN­CRUSTED WITH SHIM­MER­ING GLIT­TER TO PRO­VIDE YOU WITH A SU­PER DAZ­ZLING EF­FECT.

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