Police officers from Farnworth and Kearsley neighbourhood team arrested two people yesterday (Sunday) on suspicion of hate crimes.

Police say they attended to reports of harassment and racially aggravated assault and arrested a man and woman.

A spokesman for Farnworth and Kearsley Neighbourhood Team said: "One female, aged 31, has been arrested on suspicion of harassment, and one male, aged 24, has been arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated assault and harassment."

Police say that hate crime in the borough will not be tolerated with alleged incidents investigated.

The spokesman said: "No-one should face hate, violence or abuse because of who they are, where they are from or what they look like. Hate crime will not be tolerated.

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"If you have been a victim of a hate crime, you can report it online to Greater Manchester Police or visit an independent reporting centre."

Hate crime is an incident that is perceived by the victim or any other persons being motivated by prejudice or hatred based on someone's race, colour or ethnic origin, nationality, religion, faith or belief, gender, sexuality, disability, lifestyle or dress.

Incidents can take many forms including physical attacks, threat of attack, verbal abuse, including bullying.

An incident doesn’t have to include violence for you to report it. Verbal abuse, threats or victimisation can be just as distressing and are taken just as seriously.

For more information visit https://www.bolton.gov.uk/community-safety-anti-social-behaviour/hate-crime