Hate crime crackdown as national week approaches

PUBLISHED: 16:31 06 October 2016 | UPDATED: 16:31 06 October 2016

Donna Horwood, Michelle Dunn, David Lloyd, Matt Nicholls, Dean Patient, Sam Bailey.

Donna Horwood, Michelle Dunn, David Lloyd, Matt Nicholls, Dean Patient, Sam Bailey.

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The public are being urged to report hate crimes as part of a campaign to tackle the growing problem.

Hertfordshire Police will be promoting the “report it, don’t ignore it” message throughout Hate Crime Awareness Week, which starts on Saturday, to raise awareness.

The number of hate crime reports this year has risen, with a peak of 184 race or ethnicity-related crimes recorded in July in Hertfordshire – 75 more than the same month last year.

Despite the increases, it is believed that many hate crimes still go unreported.

David Lloyd, the county’s police and crime commissioner, said: “Hertfordshire is a safe and tolerant place to live, work and visit, however the figures show that a small number of totally unacceptable incidents do occur.

“Many of these incidents are hate crimes and would offend the vast majority of residents. We must challenge this behaviour so it is not allowed to fester and cause further damage to our community.”

“I commissioned research into the experiences of hate crime victims in order to improve support services for them and the recommendations will now shape the next hate crime strategy for the county.

However, in order to understand the complete picture, it is vital that victims come forward and report what is happening to them.”

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