Hate crime awareness week
Thursday 23rd January 2014 @ 17:30 by Max Wieland
Community
Pictured, from left, are Natasha Bottomley (far left - Clean and Safe Neighbourhood Officer) from Tameside Council / Richard Buckley (2nd from left Police Community Support Officer) / Mr Khan (4th from left - Chair of Hyde Bangladesh Welfare Association) / David James (7th from left - Police Neighbourhood Constable). All others pictured are members of staff from Hyde BWA who are trained to take reports of Hate Incidents.

Pictured, from left, are Natasha Bottomley (far left – Clean and Safe Neighbourhood Officer) from Tameside Council / Richard Buckley (2nd from left Police Community Support Officer) / Mr Khan (4th from left – Chair of Hyde Bangladesh Welfare Association) / David James (7th from left – Police Neighbourhood Constable). All others pictured are members of staff from Hyde BWA who are trained to take reports of Hate Incidents.

As part of the on-going Hate Crime Awareness Week currently taking place throughout Tameside, a Know Your Criminal Justice Day Event will be held tomorrow (Friday 23 January).

The event follows the success of previous similar events and will see representatives from around 20 disability groups attending Tameside Centre for Enterprise, in Old Street, Ashton, with the aim of increasing awareness and confidence within the community.

“Last July we held an event around people with mental health,” said Sergeant Joanne Edwards.

“It gave them the confidence to come forward, encouraging them by showing what support we can give.

“Those that took part thoroughly enjoyed it and felt confidence was boosted for them.”

Videos of hate crime in regards to disabilities will be shown as part of an interactive day.

Later in the day they plan to go to court so participants can find out what victim support is available and the experience of giving evidence.

It is hoped the event will show people with disabilities more about how hate crimes are dealt with.

“It is a really good event as it is all about building confidence in the community,” added Sgt Edwards.

“If they are fully reassured they’ll pass information to family members and other members of the community, encouraging them to come forward.”

All this week the Tameside division of Greater Manchester Police and Tameside Council has held a number of events providing literature on Hate Crime to the public.

The partnership marked the launch of Hate Crime Awareness Week at the Hyde Bangladesh Welfare Centre, which is one of 24 reporting centres across the borough.

If you wish to report a hate crime call police on 101 or visit www.report-it.org.uk.