‘Everyone has the right to live safely without fear’ – Support and a safe environment in Letchworth for victims of hate crime
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Incidents of hate crime can now be reported to specially-trained council officers in Letchworth as part of a new scheme launched yesterday.
North Herts District Council’s customer service centre in Gernon Road has become a ‘third party reporting centre’ as an alternative to the police – joining Letchworth’s Citizens Advice and Jackie’s Drop In, both of which received the same status earlier this year.
A district council team is available to give support and a safe environment to victims of racism, xenophobia or other hate crime if they need it.
Councillor Tony Hunter, who is responsible for community engagement at the district council, said: “The council welcomes diversity and has always had a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime.
“In the summer a motion was passed at full council to ensure that local bodies and programmes have the support and resources they need to prevent hate crimes.
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“To support that motion, the council has now launched itself as a third party reporting centre to provide a safe haven for victims and witnesses to a hate crime.
“Hate crime is wrong, it is against the law, and everyone has the right to live safely in the district without fear.
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“No two individuals are the same. We need to embrace individuality and diversity and help put an end to hate crime by reporting it.”
Any offence targeting someone because of their ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity is considered a hate crime.
To report a hate crime or for advice or information, come into the council offices in Gernon Road, or call 01462 474000 and ask to speak to the hate crime team.
You can also report hate crime to the police on their non-emergency number 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.