Tackling hate crime

Wakefield Council is reminding people to report hate crime – as issues can escalate if they go unreported or unchallenged.

Maureen Cummings smiling
Cllr Maureen Cummings

Hate crime has been in the headlines again, following the murder of Southend MP, Sir David Amess, who was killed whilst holding his surgery to help his constituents with their problems.

In the light of this terrible incident, Wakefield Council is reminding people it has a zero tolerance approach to hate crime and is raising awareness of what it is and encouraging residents to do the right thing.

Hate crime can happen online, in the street, at school, college, work or at home.

Hate crime is an incident which is perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate. It can include verbal abuse, harassment, threats, intimidation, physical abuse and vandalism.  It is hostility or prejudice based on disability, race, religion, transgender identity or sexual orientation.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Communities, Poverty and Environment, said: “Our thoughts are with the family of Sir David Amess at this very said time.We all need to be vigilant about hate crime, and after the terrible incident in Essex, it is important to reiterate that there’s no place for it in our district, and we all have a responsibility to report incidents, so they can be addressed and do not escalate.

“Hate crime is completely unacceptable. We must all choose our words carefully so that we never knowingly or inadvertently offend.”

People can report hate crime at local police stations, WDH service access points and local Hate Incident Reporting Centres across the district.

Anybody wanting to report a hate crime incident should do so by calling the police on 101 or 999. Support is also available from Stop Hate UK on 0800 138 1625 or by text on 07717 989 025 or via Stop Hate UK  https://www.stophateuk.org/. Anyone can report a hate crime and it can be reported anonymously.

Victim Support can be contacted on 0300 303 1971 or out of hours 0808 16 59 111.