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Thursday, 14 May 2015 (3065853)
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by Tom Martin

VICTIMS of hate crime have been urged to speak out and not suffer in silence as part of an event which was held in Seaforth.

The event, held on Tuesday, May 19 at Sing Plus, on Cambridge Road, was designed to raise awareness of hate crime and encourage victims to speak out.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, Merseyside Police, Sefton Council and Sefton Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) joined forces to host the event.

It was held to showcase the work being done by Kennedy, along with Merseyside Police and partners to tackle hate crime by raising awareness and increase reporting.

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “When I campaigned to be elected as Commissioner, I heard time and time again stories of people suffering awful incidents of hate and abuse, yet all too often they were suffering in silence.

”So when I took office, I pledged to increase the reporting of hate crime and I made tackling hate crime one of my policing priorities.

“Merseyside Police takes hate crime extremely seriously and has dedicated units and specially-trained officers to support victims. I would reassure anyone who has been affected that if they come forward they will be listened to, believed and helped.

”For those victims who still do not feel confident enough, for whatever reason, to contact Merseyside Police, I would urge them to get in touch with Stop Hate UK.

“Stop Hate UK have been providing a 24/7 service for victims for nearly a year now.

”Reports of hate crime in Sefton remain noticeably low, so we want to send out the message that if people have been affected by hate crime or, maybe, are even living with incidents of hate day to day, please speak out - there is help and support available.“

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Communities and Environment, added: ”Working very closely with our many partners we are keen to stamp out any form of hate crime across the borough.

“We have supported a number of initiatives to help tackle hate crime and have recently teamed up with Merseyside Police to develop a network of 3rd Party Reporting Centres and provide training for staff.

”This is a further example of providing help and advice to anyone who is a victim of hate crime and shows that there is a network of support out there so people don’t have to suffer in silence.“


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