Hate crime victims told: 'Don't suffer in silence'

The Bolton News: Shaheen Sameja, Halliwell and Crompton neighbourhood manager, and Det Insp Charlotte Cadden, help launch Hate Crime Awareness Week Shaheen Sameja, Halliwell and Crompton neighbourhood manager, and Det Insp Charlotte Cadden, help launch Hate Crime Awareness Week

HATE crime victims are being encouraged not to suffer in silence and report abuse at one of more than 20 reporting centres across the town.

Staff at community centres in Bolton have been working with police as part of Hate Crime Awareness Week which starts on Monday.

Last year Bolton received 360 reports of hate crime — 12 per cent of the 3,000 incidents reported in Greater Manchester.

But police believe many are not brought to the attention of officers.

Det Insp Charlotte Cadden, who is leading the awareness campaign in Bolton, said: “The police take hate crime so seriously because it can be impact where people live.

“They may fear for their own personal safety and they might not feel confident in going out.

“We have low levels of disability crime reported. I know people are putting up with a lot or don’t know that it is a crime.“ She said the majority of hate crimes in Bolton are racial or religious incidents.

She said less incidents where people with mental health problems or disabilities are being reported.

Police are being trained to identify whether reports are hate crimes. Hate crime is motivated by a prejudice or hatred of someone.

This can include ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, sexuality, disability or lifestyle.

As part of the awareness drive people are being reminded that they do not have to report hate crime directly to police but can report it at one of the centres across the borough.

Staff at the centres have been trained to deal with victims and will only contact police if the victim agrees.

Shaheen Sameja, Halliwell and Crompton neigh-bourhood manager at Halliwell UCAN, said: “Each UCAN has a team who are there to assist. Hate crime is not acceptable and there are people in Bolton who want to help.

“If someone wants to report hate crime we will take the person’s details and ask them about the next step they would like to take.”

Physical attacks, including offensive graffiti, threats of attack and verbal abuse are all hate crimes.

Incidents can also be reported by calling police on 101, via report-it.org.uk or Crimestopers anonymously on 0800 555111 or visit bolton.gov.uk/website/ Pages/Hatecrime

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9:04am Sun 19 Jan 14

thomas222 says...

What is a Religious incident mean?
What is a Religious incident mean? thomas222
  • Score: 4

9:51am Sun 19 Jan 14

Wolfie190 says...

Can we report our politicians for hating British people ?
Can we report our politicians for hating British people ? Wolfie190
  • Score: 17

10:50am Sun 19 Jan 14

Mick England says...

Does the term "white trash" fall under ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, sexuality, disability or lifestyle? If it does then why wasn't Minhaaz Dadabhai or one of his asian friends prosecuted or still under investigation for hate crimes directed at Deborah Yates last year?
Does the term "white trash" fall under ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, sexuality, disability or lifestyle? If it does then why wasn't Minhaaz Dadabhai or one of his asian friends prosecuted or still under investigation for hate crimes directed at Deborah Yates last year? Mick England
  • Score: 19

11:11am Sun 19 Jan 14

George X says...

thomas222 wrote:
What is a Religious incident mean?
Miracles, parting of seas, crucifixtions etc etc...
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: What is a Religious incident mean?[/p][/quote]Miracles, parting of seas, crucifixtions etc etc... George X
  • Score: 7

11:46am Sun 19 Jan 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Mick England wrote:
Does the term "white trash" fall under ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, sexuality, disability or lifestyle? If it does then why wasn't Minhaaz Dadabhai or one of his asian friends prosecuted or still under investigation for hate crimes directed at Deborah Yates last year?
THIS

It HAS to work both ways.

I hear this terminology used a lot when in Daubhill. Along with Christian Sh!t.
[quote][p][bold]Mick England[/bold] wrote: Does the term "white trash" fall under ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, sexuality, disability or lifestyle? If it does then why wasn't Minhaaz Dadabhai or one of his asian friends prosecuted or still under investigation for hate crimes directed at Deborah Yates last year?[/p][/quote]THIS It HAS to work both ways. I hear this terminology used a lot when in Daubhill. Along with Christian Sh!t. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 12

6:19pm Sun 19 Jan 14

underwater says...

More needless jobs that will be paid for out of our taxes, If you cant stand the heat keep out of the kitchen. IE, behave , be normal and when in England live as the English do. If you dont like the place , MOVE.
More needless jobs that will be paid for out of our taxes, If you cant stand the heat keep out of the kitchen. IE, behave , be normal and when in England live as the English do. If you dont like the place , MOVE. underwater
  • Score: 3

8:22pm Sun 19 Jan 14

longballs r us says...

underwater wrote:
More needless jobs that will be paid for out of our taxes, If you cant stand the heat keep out of the kitchen. IE, behave , be normal and when in England live as the English do. If you dont like the place , MOVE.
Please humour us with how an Englishman/woman live?
I am sure we would all love to know.
[quote][p][bold]underwater[/bold] wrote: More needless jobs that will be paid for out of our taxes, If you cant stand the heat keep out of the kitchen. IE, behave , be normal and when in England live as the English do. If you dont like the place , MOVE.[/p][/quote]Please humour us with how an Englishman/woman live? I am sure we would all love to know. longballs r us
  • Score: -4

1:30am Mon 20 Jan 14

Reality50 says...

More left wing claptrap and more resources wasted. If an Asian threatens or assaults a white straight guy will it be classed as a hate crime? Should be but we know it won't be.
More left wing claptrap and more resources wasted. If an Asian threatens or assaults a white straight guy will it be classed as a hate crime? Should be but we know it won't be. Reality50
  • Score: 4

11:59am Tue 21 Jan 14

Jim271 says...

Shaheen Sameja has never replied to my complaint of the CCTV SMART CAR targeting the cash point.

The same car that is NEVER parked at the bottom end of Halliwell Road where every Friday the pavements are blocked with vehicles visiting the mosque.

What can you do eh?
Shaheen Sameja has never replied to my complaint of the CCTV SMART CAR targeting the cash point. The same car that is NEVER parked at the bottom end of Halliwell Road where every Friday the pavements are blocked with vehicles visiting the mosque. What can you do eh? Jim271
  • Score: 0

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