GREATER Manchester leaders are taking a stand against hate crime and have launched Hate Crime Awareness Week.

Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Bev Hughes said: “The people of Greater Manchester have shown the world how we stand together in solidarity against those who would seek to divide us, and in support of those who face violence or abuse because of who they are."

Baroness Hughes is calling on everyone to support victims, challenge abusers and report hate crime where they see it.