Neighbourhood team on track to tackle hate crime

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Neighbourhood team on track to tackle hate crime

Together we can stop hate crime. That’s the message from BTP officers who will be hosting a special event at Lime Street station on Monday, 14 October.

Officers from the neighbourhood policing teams will be joining forces with Daisy UK (a local charity aiming to help those with a disability become more active in their communities) and Stop Hate (a national charity providing support for victims of hate crime) to raise awareness of the effects of, and penalties for, hate crime.

PC Wendy Simpson, who has organised the event, said: “Thankfully, hate crime is relatively rare on the rail network in Merseyside, but, when it does occur, it can have a significant effect on the victim who will often have been targeted because of something which makes them different from the offender.

“Hate crime takes many forms and victims are often singled out because of their race, skin colour, religion, sexuality or disability. Whatever the reason the underlying cause is the same – ignorance.

“As a police force we take hate crime extremely seriously and will do everything in our power to bring offenders to justice. But this means there are still offences taking place and still victims suffering at the hands of others.

“This event on Monday is aimed at removing some of the ignorance around hate crime and teaching people about the consequences of their actions.”

PC Simpson added: “Through policing we can continue to detect and deter hate crimes, but through education we can start to eradicate them.”

Officers and partners from Daisy UK and Stop Hate will be at Liverpool Lime Street from 9am – 12pm on Monday, 14 October and will be on hand to answer any questions about hate crime.

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