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Knowsley Council participates in Hate Crime Awareness Week

by Alison Cornmell

During National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020 (10th – 17th October 2020), Knowsley’s Crime and Communities Team is working with Merseyside Police & Crime Commissioner’s office, Merseyside Police, and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, as well as other key partners to stand against hate crime.

For this week’s Walkabout Wednesday, the team, Merseyside Police, and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service are working across the borough to share the importance of reporting hate crime and what hate crime is.

This activity forms part of Knowsley’s Council’s No More Hate campaign, which speaks out against all forms of hate crime. Although only accounting for a small percentage of reported crime, it is nationally understood as a widely underreported crime.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, said: “I’m really pleased that our Crime and Communities Team is working with our key partners this Hate Crime Awareness Week. Our No More campaign speaks out against hate crime and discrimination, and any incident of hate crime is one too many. We continue to urge residents to report any incident they are victim to or witness so we can work with them to tackle it.”

This week Knowsley Council and the office for the Merseyside Police & Crime Commissioner will also share information across its social media channels about what hate crime is and how to report it. Crucially, testimonies of those who have experienced hate crime will also be shared, including a young member of Knowsley’s Youth Cabinet who has also contributed to the No More campaign alongside the rest of Youth Cabinet and Vibe. You can read more about the No More Hate campaign by following this link www.knowsleynews.co.uk/knowsley-council-says-no-more-to-hate-crime/

Jane Kennedy, Merseyside’s Police & Crime Commissioner said: “I am pleased to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week. Crimes motivated by hate have no place here. This annual week of awareness raising is an important opportunity to stand together with our communities to reject hate and intolerance of any kind.

“Merseyside is home to people of all races and faiths, to people of all sexual orientations and genders and to people of all abilities. We are all made stronger by this rich and vibrant diversity.

“Nobody should be subject to abuse, fear or hatred simply because of who they are and even one victim of hate crime, is one victim too many. I am committed to raising awareness of this insidious and harmful crime, encouraging anyone affected to ask for help and ensuring all our residents can live free from fear. I hope this week of activity will give more victims the confidence to talk about their experiences and get the support they need.”

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.

HOW CAN I REPORT HATE CRIME?
If it feels like the situation could get heated or violent very soon or if someone in immediate danger call 999 straight away.

You can report hate crime online or call 1010. If you’d prefer to speak to a police officer in person visit a police station, Merseyside Police can provide a safe and comfortable environment at any of our police stations.

Alternatively, if you don’t feel comfortable reporting it to the police you can report it to Stop Hate UK 0800 138 1625.

SAFE HAVENS
Reports can also be made and safety can be found at Merseyside Fire and Rescue stations across Knowsley and Merseyside. Providing there are fire officers on site, you can report any incident of hate crime here. 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.