Attacks on punks, goths and emos not recorded as hate crimes, Herts Police reveal

PUBLISHED: 06:00 17 April 2013

Attacks on people belonging to subcultures are not classed as hate crimes in Hertfordshire

Attacks on people belonging to subcultures are not classed as hate crimes in Hertfordshire

Daniel Wilson

GOTHS, punks and emos who are attacked because of their appearance in Hertfordshire will not see the incidents recorded as hate crimes – but they will be treated as if they are.

This week Hertfordshire revealed that it is not following Greater Manchester Police’s lead in reclassifying attacks on people belonging to subcultures.

But a force spokeswoman told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “It would be treated as a hate crime, but it wouldn’t be recorded as a hate crime.”

Under Government guidelines, targeting victims because of their disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity count as a hate crime.

But this month Greater Manchester Police announced it would be adding members of subcultures to that list.

Det Chief Insp Julie Whealtey, Hertfordshire Constabulary’s lead for hate crime, said: “The current definition of ‘monitored hate crime’ was developed by the Government Hate Crime Programme and was adopted by all criminal justice agencies in 2007.

“The definition recognised that the five included ‘strands’ were not an exhaustive list of prejudices that can exist in society.

“In Hertfordshire we will continue to record hate crime in accordance with the five strands.

“However, we take all forms of hate crime extremely seriously and it is important that anyone who feels they are being targeted for the way they look, dress or their values should report it to police.”

And she continued: “Reporting hate crime is very important as not only can we offer victims help and support and do everything we can to bring those responsible to justice, it helps police to understand the extent of hate crime in local areas so we can respond to it better.”

Victims who do not want to speak to police can also go to the True Vision website at www.report-it.org.uk


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