Community safety officials in hate crime reporting appeal

Published Tuesday, 16th June 2020

Community safety officials in Hartlepool are urging anyone who witnesses or experiences hate crime to report it.

The appeal has been issued by the multi-agency Hartlepool Community Safety Team ahead of World Refugee Day on June 20th.

“It is important that people inform us of issues as and when they occur so that timely action can be taken.

“We are not prepared to tolerate hate crime in any of its forms and support will be provided to victims and witnesses who come forward,” said Jane Munden, Victim Services Officer with the Hartlepool Community Safety Team.

Hate crime is an offence that is motivated by or demonstrates hostility towards another person due to disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity. It includes both physical and verbal abuse.

Hate crime can be reported in a number of ways:

The Hartlepool Community Safety Team comprises staff from Hartlepool Borough Council, Cleveland Police and Cleveland Fire Brigade who are all based together at Hartlepool Police Station. The team was set up to provide a co-ordinated response to crime and anti-social behaviour issues affecting neighbourhoods across the Borough.