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Hate crimes

Hate Crime is wrong - If it happens to you, or you see it happen, please report it.

Hate incidents can have a very bad effect on people's lives and society in general. They can cause great personal harm and damage to community relations. The Council is committed to ensuring good relations between all people within the borough.

What is a hate incident?

A hate incident is any incident committed against a person or property that the victim or any other person believes is motivated by the offender's hate against people because of their race, sexuality, disability, religion, age or gender. Examples include verbal abuse, vandalism or damage to property or physical violence.

Not all hate incidents will amount to criminal offences, but it is equally important that these are reported and recorded by the police.

For more information visit

Stop Hate UK

You may also call the national Stop Hate UK 24-hour helpline FREE on 0800 138 1625 to report a hate incident or seek support for individuals and communities affected by hate crime. Visit the Stop Hate UK website for more details.