Plea to report hate crime
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
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