Bromsgrove residents can help crack down on hate crime next week as part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

Over the week of 8th – 14th October, both North and South Worcestershire Hate Incident Partnerships are coming together to put on pop up information shops and raise awareness of hate crime.

In Bromsgrove, there will be a pop up event on the new High Street on Friday 14th October 11 – 2pm.

At the pop up market stall residents and visitors will be able to get advice and information from professionals, pick up information leaflets and cards and pens. Special ‘say no to hate crime’ wristbands will also be distributed.

As well as the information stall, residents will also get the opportunity to learn about hate crime interactively with street theatre provided by Zoe Haworth theatre company.

Ken Hazeldene JP, Chair of the North Worcestershire Hate Incident Partnership, said:  “Whilst the message behind Hate Crime Awareness week is a serious one, it doesn’t mean that we can’t all learn about it in a fun and interactive way. If you’re shopping in the Town Centre on Friday, grab a leaflet or watch a street theatre performance and help us crack down on hate crime.”

A hate incident is any incident which is perceived by the person, or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hatred.
Hate incidents can range from name calling and vandalism to physical attacks or stealing a person’s property.  They are motivated by prejudice, hostility or hatred towards that person’s race, religion or beliefs, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that about 90% of hate incidents go unreported

For more information on the Hate Crime Awareness event in Bromsgrove please contact Sarah Mcintosh on 0300 303 8838 or visit the website on www.unitedagainsthate.co.uk.