Knowsley Council says No More to hate crime as it launches the latest phase of its plan to tackle such incidents in the borough.
By working in partnership with a number of organisations including Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, housing associations, Knowsley’s Youth Parliament & Vibe, and the International Slavery Museum it aims to prevent incidents from occurring in the first place, but also to empower victims of hate crime to come forward, either as an individual or as a community.
The council’s No More campaign addresses global issues of inequality and discrimination, using its power as a local authority to make positive change in Knowsley for its residents.
Although hate crime only accounted for 2% of all recorded crime in 2018/19 it is acknowledged to be a nationally underreported crime. The plan aims to raise awareness of what hate crime is, so victims understand the seriousness of what they have experienced and are encouraged to report it.
The plan will be delivered by Knowsley’s Community Safety Partnership, made up of Knowsley Council, Merseyside Police, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and Registered Social Landlords. Using a multi-agency approach, early intervention and prevention will be key to the ongoing work as well as protecting victims and pursuing those responsible for hate incidents.
Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, said: “Any incident of hate crime in our borough is one too many and we say No More. No More to hate crime. No More to discrimination and No More to a minority of people having the power to impact on the lives of so many.
“Our hate crime plan and campaign sees us working with our Community Safety Partners as well as Vibe, Youth Parliament and the International Slavery Museum. Through our partnerships we hope to express how harmful hate crime is and demonstrate to our communities the crucial importance of reporting any incident of hate crime – no matter how small it may seem it is not insignificant and we can help.”
Superintendent Jennifer Wilson, Knowsley Policing Team said: “We stand together with Knowsley Council and the wider Knowsley Community Safety Partnership to say No More. Merseyside Police’s message is clear: hate crime will not be tolerated.
“We urge anyone who believes they may have been the victim of hate crime, or witnessed it happen to someone else, to come forward so we can offer support to the victim and tackle the person/s responsible.”
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, Gender identity, Sexual orientation. You can read more about what Hate Crime is here.
INCIDENTS OF HATE CRIME
Sadly, Knowsley has seen serious incidents of hate crime and this summer saw the anniversaries of two deaths fuelled by hate.
18 year old Anthony Walker was murdered in an unprovoked and racially motivated attack on 29 July 2005 in McGoldrick Park, Huyton. He died on 30 July 2005.
Also 18, Michael Causer, a member of the LGTQ+ community, was murdered in an unprovoked attack on 25 July 2008 in Huyton. He died on 2 August 2008.
Since their untimely deaths, the families of both teenagers have set up organisations in their honour; The Anthony Walker Foundation and the Michael Causer Foundation.
Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council said: “Despite being 15 and 12 years ago, respectively, I still am devastated at the loss of these two young men. With their whole lives ahead of them, their potential was cut brutally short.
“Since their deaths we have continued to address issues of hate crime, but the work will never and must never stop. Sadly, news stories reporting on incidents of hate across the world are a regular occurrence and this is why it’s crucial we say No More.”
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 101. 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.
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.