'We won't tolerate hate crime'

The Bolton News: From left, Cllr Derek Burrows, student Kendal Luby, aged 22, and PC Rick Charlesworth help raise awareness at the University of Bolton From left, Cllr Derek Burrows, student Kendal Luby, aged 22, and PC Rick Charlesworth help raise awareness at the University of Bolton

A HATE crime awareness campaign saw a variety of activities aimed at stamping out abuse.

Police, Bolton Council and Bolton at Home, along with groups and charities joined forces to get the message across that hate crime will not be tolerated and to encourage victims to come forward.

The event last month involved a football tournament at the Reebok Stadium to promote communities coming together, a Strictly Wheelchair performance, an awareness day organised by the University of Bolton’s students’ union and Bolton Clarion Choir entertained shoppers with a song about hate crime.

Police and crime commissioner Tony Lloyd is continuing to raise awareness after a report into anti-semitic incidents was published.

It revealed the amount of reported incidents to GMP has remained stable.

He said: “Hate crime is a scourge on our society and we must all take a stand against it. It’s never acceptable to attack, abuse or insult people just because of who they are.”

People can report hate crime via report-it.org.uk, by calling 101 or through one of the reporting centres in Bolton. Visit Bolton.gov.uk.

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4:51pm Wed 12 Feb 14

steveG says...

I would defend the right of any citizen to dislike any sector of society they choose and if they feel hatred,that may be something they cannot control.

Many people would argue a crime is only committed when someone is physically attacked or threatened.
There used to be many people voiced their dislike or even hatred of sectors of our community but at least we knew who and where they were,unfortunately those people have been driven underground but still hold that same hatred or dislike.
Sticks and stones would appear a term of the past.
I would defend the right of any citizen to dislike any sector of society they choose and if they feel hatred,that may be something they cannot control. Many people would argue a crime is only committed when someone is physically attacked or threatened. There used to be many people voiced their dislike or even hatred of sectors of our community but at least we knew who and where they were,unfortunately those people have been driven underground but still hold that same hatred or dislike. Sticks and stones would appear a term of the past. steveG

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