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Residents are being encouraged to report hate crime as part of a county wide campaign for Hate Crime Awareness Week.

A hate crime or incident occurs when a person is targeted because of their disability, race, colour, religion, beliefs, ethnic origin, national origin, sexual orientation, transgender identity or age. The Report Hate Crime campaign aims to raise awareness and encourage people to report such crimes.

As part of the awareness week, residents from across Worcestershire are being invited to attend a Learning Disability Hate Crime Conference at Hindlip Police Headquarters in Worcester on 14th October 10am-3pm. The conference will include interactive theatre, details on reporting a hate incident and how to access the Worcestershire Safe Place Scheme.

JP Ken Hazeledene Chair of the North Worcestershire Hate Incident Partnership said: “No one deserves to be targeted for being who they are. It is really important that we don’t just ignore hate crime and ‘let someone else deal with it’. Hate Crime is shockingly underreported – particularly disability hate crime – so I hope this campaign encourages people to speak up in the future.”

If you, or someone you know, has experienced or witnessed a hate incident, there are several ways in which to report it. You could pick up a form from Bromsgrove Customer Service Centre, The Dolphin Centre, School Drive, Bromsgrove, visit United Against Hate or telephone 0300 303 8838. You can also call the Police on 101, but in an emergency always call 999.

For more information on the conference contact the Community Safety Team.