Victims or witnesses of hate crime urged to come forwards

St Helens Star: Richard McCauley with comdeian Johnny Vegas, who signed the St Helens No Place for Hate’ campaign last year Richard McCauley with comdeian Johnny Vegas, who signed the St Helens No Place for Hate’ campaign last year

IN a bid to tackle hate crime more people are being urged to report incidents whether they have been a victim or witness.

This Friday (March 21) marks International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to commemorate those who were killed on this day in 1960 while peacefully protesting against Apartheid laws in South Africa.

Locally several organisations have signed up to the ‘St Helens No Place for Hate’ page demonstrating their commitment to tackling hate crime.

One is the Knowsley Ethnic Minority Support group (KEMS) which provides support to people across Merseyside who have been affected by hate crime.

St Helens Council’s cabinet member for Community Safety Richard McCauley said: “If someone commits a crime against you because of your race, this is a hate crime.

“No one deserves to be targeted. By reporting hate crime you may be able to prevent it happening to someone else. It can make a real difference to you, your friends and your community.”

If you have been affected you can contact (KEMS) on 07890 948912, the Hate Crime hotline 0800 953 4433 of Merseyside Police’s SIGMA unit 0151 709 6010.

To join the ‘St Helens No Place for Hate’ campaign visit safersthelens.org.uk/pledges/hate-crime-pledge

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