Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 15 October 2021
A SPECIAL stall will be held on Hinckley Market in Castle Street tomorrow (16 October) to raise awareness on how to report hate crimes as a part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Council officers, representatives from the local LGBT+ True Colours partnership, and Leicestershire Police will be working on the stall from 10am until 2pm.
National Hate Crime Awareness Week is held annually from Saturday, 9 October to Saturday, 16 October.
Over the course of the past week, the Council have been encouraging borough residents who have been the victims of hate crime to report their experiences and reach out to services, as a part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
To mark the week, activities have been held in schools and in the wider community to help raise awareness of hate crimes and how to report them.
A hate crime is anything that targets a person for their race, ethnicity, nationality, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, faith or beliefs.
There has been a ‘particular focus’ on hate crime on the LGBT+ community, as people in the LGBT+ community are ‘less likely’ to report hate crime, according to the Borough Council.
Town-goers will be given information about local support on how to report a hate crime and pick up free crime prevention gadgets – such as light timers, purse bells and magnetic window locks.
Coun. Michael Mullaney, the Borough Council’s Executive Member for Housing and Community Safety, said: “I welcome the work that is going on in the borough to increase awareness of hate crimes and encourage anyone being targeted because of who they are to report it.
“There’s more information available online or visit our Hate Crime stall on Hinckley Market on Saturday 16 October to learn more about reporting hate crime.”
Barwell-based LGBT+ Rights Campaigner, Mathew Hulbert, said: “National Hate Crime Awareness Week is a really important opportunity to reinforce the message that there is no place for hate anywhere in our society.
“Our communities must be a safe place for all.
“Recent times have seen a rise in hate crimes against LGBT+ individuals and other minority groups and this must stop.
“Everyone should be able to go about their daily lives without fear of persecution or attack.
“I hope many people will come along to our stall on Saturday to find out more.
“They will also be able to pick up a copy of the latest ‘True Colours’ LGBT+ Hinckley and Bosworth Events Partnership newsletter.”
The Council’s Community Safety Team and local police force have been out and about talking to residents about a scheme named ‘Keep Safe Places’, which is available in shops and other public areas, to help individuals deal with incidents that take place when they are out and about.
Diversity workshops have also been held in primary schools so that youngsters can understand how all are different and unique, as well as the impact of hate crimes and bullying on the victim and how to get help if they or someone they know needs support.
The aim of the activity are to change attitudes around hate crimes to help perpetrators understand the effect that their actions can have on others and to give victims the confidence to seek justice.
Hate crime and hate incidents can be reported online here, or alternatively, by calling the non-emergency police number on 101.
Hate incidents can be reported in person at independent reporting centres across Hinckley & Bosworth.