Lancashire Police encouraging more reporting of hate crime November 20th, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments Lancashire Police encouraging more reporting of hate crime LANCASHIRE CONSTABULARY is encouraging more people to come forward and report instances of hate crime as the Transgender Day of Remembrance is marked nationally. To mark the day, officers from Lancashire Constabulary will also be attending commemorative services in Bradford and at the National Transgender memorial in Sackville Gardens, Manchester later today.. The police are making this appeal as hate crime based on a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation can have a devastating effect on both the victims and their families, as has been seen by the deaths of Anthony Stubbs and Lucy Meadows locally in the last couple of years. The same is also true of hate crimes which target a person’s disability, race or religious belief, and it hoped via increased reporting of all types of hate crime, future tragedies may be prevented by stopping the abuse at an early stage. As such, Lancashire Police will be working closely with schools in the county to ensure they are properly recording incidents involving all types of hate crime and can offer the right support to children who may become victims of hate crime PC Ian Ashton, of Lancashire Constabulary’s Diversity Unit, said; ““Hate crime of any kind is not acceptable, and instances of it need to end “The only way for the police to stamp out this sort of behaviour is if we know about it, and we need the public’s help to achieve this by reporting hate crime both when they are a victim of it or when they are a witness to it. “What may seem to you as a bit of ‘harmless banter’ can be very hurtful to the victim and the occasional snide comment can very quickly escalate into something more serious of a criminal nature. “Furthermore, I would also encourage both victims and witnesses to report hate crime via the True Vision website. This is a website approved by both Lancashire Constabulary and the Home Office that contains good information about all forms of hate crime, and any incidents you report via the website will come directly to us. Lancashire County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “Hate crime is a particularly cowardly form of crime and I am very pleased that the police and schools are working together in this way to help stamp it out. “We want our children and young people to feel safe and confident in who they are, how they look and how they express themselves. “This is why it’s important to tackle hate crime head on, by teaching children and young people how to keep themselves safe both physically and online, making sure they know where to go for help, and training staff so they can spot the signs and offer the right kind of support.” Lewis Turner of the local charity Lancashire LGBT said; “Lancashire LGBT strongly supports the marking of the Transgender Day of Remembrance by Lancashire Police as an important day in the LGBT calendar to highlight the issue of transphobia “Through our work, we meet trans* children, young people and adults who share with us experiences (past or present) of hostility, discrimination, abuse and, sometimes, violence. Thankfully, many have survived these experiences to become confident, happy and fulfilled people who participate in, and contribute to, the community However, many trans* voices have been silenced through hatred, violence and despair, and we would urge trans* people to report any transphobic hate incidents or crimes. “Please visit our website for information regarding trans* support in Lancashire; www.lancslgbt.org.uk.” The True Vision website (www.report-it.org.uk) contains information about all forms of hate crime, organisations that offer help and support if you have been a victim of any form of hate crime, and also has an online reporting form you can use to report instances of hate crime directly to us. To report hate crime via the True Vision website, please visit http://www.report-it.org.uk/your_police_force. Anyone with information or concerns about hate crime can also contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Related Comments comments!