Extra police officers have been assigned to deal with the “incredibly traumatic” impact of hate crime amid ongoing conflict in the Middle East.

Saturday October 14 marked the start of National Hate Crime Awareness Week and this year Greater Manchester Police says resources to deal with this kind of crime have been bolstered in an effort to reassure communities.

The forces says that the additional officers will be overseen by a senior detective.

Detective Superintendent Lewis Hughes said: “Hate crime can have an incredibly traumatic impact on victims and communities, particularly at times such as this when they may be deeply distressed and feeling vulnerable.

“There is no place for this type of crime in Greater Manchester, GMP is committed to safeguarding people and property, investigating reports, and taking action against offenders, in line with national guidance.

“All officers have been reminded of best practices to ensure the best possible response to reports, and we are working alongside those who represent our communities to ensure consistency.

“Throughout this distressing time, we will continue to take a robust approach to those who break the law and we are also taking action against those whose actions are intended to cause alarm or distress to people.”

Anyone with any concerns can contact police on 101 or 999 in the event of an emergency.

Alternatively, witnesses can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.