Hate Crime & Racial Incident Reporting

A hate crime is any criminal offence that is motivated by hostility or prejudice based upon the victim's:

  • disability or age 
  • race
  • religion or belief's
  • sexual orientation
  • transgender identity

Hate crime may take many forms including: 

  • physical attacks such as assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti and arson
  • threat of attack including offensive letters, abusive or obscene telephone calls, groups of people hanging around intent on intimidation and unfounded, malicious complaints
  • verbal abuse, insults or harassment including taunting, offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, dumping of rubbish outside peoples homes or through letterboxes.
  • Bullying in the school or workplace.

Additionally, a racist incident is any incident, whether it is a crime or not, which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person.

Any incidents of hate crime should be reported to the Police. However, it is understood that some victims are reluctant to go directly to the Police. In this area third party reporting centres have been established where incidents can be reported and support can be accessed.

The Crown Prosecution Service has some very useful information on their website which can be accessed by clicking on the link on the right hand side of this page.

Locally, help and advise to victims or anyone concerned about any form of hate crime or incident can contact:

  • Victim Support on telephone 0845 456 6099
  • Compass Disability Services on telephone 01823 282823

For further information please contact the Community Safety Officer on telephone 01643 703704.