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No place for hate crime in Richmond upon Thames

8 October 2021

This National Hate Crime Awareness Week (9-16 October 2021), the Council, local police and partners are calling for everybody to play their part in reporting hate crime to help make Richmond upon Thames a safe place for everyone. 

Hate crime are crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person's perceived:  

  • Disability 
  • Race or ethnicity 
  • Religion or belief 
  • Sexual orientation 
  • Gender identity 

Hate crimes can be committed against a person or property. If you are targeted because of who you are, or who they think you are, it is a hate crime. The crime does not have to include physical violence – hate crime can be verbal or online.  

Men are encouraged to attend an online Stand by Her training workshop on Friday 15 October from 1 to 4pm. The workshop is designed by women to help men address misogynistic behaviour effectively and increase their understanding of the factors that underpin sexual harassment, abuse, and violence towards women.

Richmond Council works with the police and Stop Hate UK to reduce incidents of hate crime in the borough. Reporting hate crime is essential in making sure no one suffers in silence. You can report a hate crime or incident in the following ways: 

  • Call 999 if it is an emergency and a crime is in progress. 
  • Call 101 in a non-emergency to report, whether you’re a victim, witness or making a report for someone else. 
  • Report it online via the Met Police website 
  • If you want to report crime completely anonymously to the police, visit CrimeStoppers website
  • Stop Hate UK offers a 24-hour telephone number for people wanting to report hate crime. They also offer support and advice to those affected by hate crime and discrimination. Call 0800 138 1625 or visit Stop Hate UK website
  • For a confidential 24-hour helpline for young people under 18, call 0808 801 0576 or text 07717 989 025 or visit Call Hate Out

Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of the Council, said: 

"There is no place for hate in society. We want our borough to be a safe place for everyone – we should all be able to live without hostility from others because of who we are. 

"Reporting hate crime is essential to tackling the issue. When you report it, you become part of the movement to try and stop it. Silence hides hate, so no matter how small or trivial you think an incident might be, it is important it is acknowledged and reported. Reporting also means that you will get access to support and advice to help you feel safe again."

PC Claire Wilding, Hate Crime engagement officer for the South West BCU, said:  

"Crime motivated by hate, ignorance and bigotry will not be tolerated by police.  

"If you are affected by hate crime, whether as a result of your sexuality, gender identity, race, religion or disability we will always investigate this to the best of our ability. 

"We would always suggest that you report hate crime – even if you don’t feel we can resolve one incident or don’t need support, it can help us build a picture and prevent someone else becoming a victim of hate in future."

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Updated: 8 October 2021

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