Anyone who has been a victim of or witnessed a hate crime are urged to report it to Merseyside Police. However, residents also have the option to report any incident of hate crime at a Safe Haven, located at community fire stations across Merseyside, including Knowsley.
Knowsley Council is saying No More to hate crime and has recently announced the latest phase of plans to address such incidents in the borough. Key to these plans is raising awareness of what hate crime is and importantly, how to report it.
Community Fire Stations in Knowsley are:
- Kirkby Community Fire Station, 20 Webster-Drive, Liverpool L32 8SJ
- Prescot Community Fire & Police Station, Cables Way, Prescot L34 1QG
Safe Havens are available to residents at any time there are officers on site. If the fire station is closed and you need immediate assistance all fire stations have yellow phone boxes outside the building that will connect you to the emergency response control room.
Michael Buratti, Community Safety Coordinator, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service said: “Merseyside Police should be the first agency that any incident of hate crime is reported to, however we understand there can be a reluctance to speak with the police. This is why we’re proud to offer Knowsley residents a Safe Haven as an alternative, a service we continue to provide during the coronavirus pandemic. There is no need to book ahead, you can simply walk in and a trained officer will be able to offer advice and support.”
Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “At Knowsley Council we are saying ‘No More’ to hate crime and it’s fantastic that our residents have access to this important service. Despite the coronavirus pandemic our emergency services have been working hard to protect our borough and protecting them against hate crime is no exception. So, I urge anyone who is a victim of or witness to hate crime please report it and together with the Knowsley Community Safety Partnership can tackle it.”
What is Hate Crime
Hate Crime is defined an act where the victim or anyone else thinks it was motivated by hostility or prejudice based on one of the following things: Disability, Sex, Age, Race, Religion, Transgender identity, Sexual orientation. You can read more about what Hate Crime is here.
Reporting Hate Crime
In an emergency call 999. Or call 101 or report online. If you’d prefer to speak to a police officer in person please visit a police station. Residents can also visit Safe Havens or alternatively, you can report it to Stop Hate UK 0800 138 1625.
Safe Havens: Not just for hate crime
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Safe Havens can also be used by residents who wish to report other crimes and can also be used as places of safety if they are in the area and feel at threat or are in danger.