Commissioner calls for Lancashire-wide pledge against hate crime10 October, 2016
Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw, has called on residents, councils and organisations to sign up to an anti-hate crime pledge and ‘Say No To Hate’ in the county.
Ahead of a series of events across the county during Hate Crime Awareness Week (08-15 October) the Commissioner launched a pledge which aims to raise awareness of hate crimes and the services available for those affected.
National figures have shown that hate crime spiked this year at levels that were 58% higher than the year before. These are any criminal offences which are motivated by prejudice against the victim based on their race, religion, disability, gender identity or sexuality.
Speaking about the events Clive Grunshaw said, “I am proud of the diversity and strength of our communities here in Lancashire and every day I see the great work going on across the county to bring people together.
“Sadly, hate crime continues to be a major concern for many people in our community and the figures show that this has been increasing. Hate crimes can be so damaging to people because they are targeted purely for who they are.
“I am clear that Lancashire is no place for hate and I want people to send a clear message by signing up to the pledge, reporting incidents when they happen and seeking support available through Lancashire Victim Services.”
Chief Supt Stuart Noble, Lancashire Constabulary’s lead on hate crime, added: “Hate incidents and crimes of any kind can have a devastating effect on the victim, their families and communities.
“Such behaviour is not acceptable and instances of it need to end. I would urge victims to report any incidents or crimes, so they can get the help and support they need and prevent it from happening to other people.”
Claire Lindley, Chief Crown Prosecutor, North West Crown Prosecution Service, said “Hate crimes strike at the core of who we are as people. The ability for a community to live without fear of abuse because of their sexual orientation, race or religion or because they have a disability is essential in an understanding society.
“In 2015/16 CPS Lancashire prosecuted over 360 hate crimes. We gained convictions in nearly 89% of cases across all strands of hate crime. I hope this will reassure the public that something can and is being done to challenge and prosecute those that commit these offences.”
If you have been the victim of hate crime or you have seen it happen to someone else, call the police on 101. Alternatively, True Vision has a confidential online reporting facility. In an emergency, always ring 999.