Joining forces to help hate-crime sufferers

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St Helens Council and community safety partner agencies are supporting Hate Crime Awareness week, leading-up to the sixth International day of remembrance for those effected by Hate Crime.

The event marks the London nail bombings of April 17, 24, and 30, when the Black Asian and Gay communities of Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho were attacked to incite a climate of fear.

Over three weeks, three nail bombs killed three people and injured many more. The aim of the campaign, is to remind us that there will always be those, who act out of hatred, so we need to work together and strengthen our communities. To support the week of action, the St Helens No Place for Hate flag will be flying on St Helens Town Hall from October 11 to 18, to raise awareness of hate crime and demonstrate that hate crime is not welcome in the borough.

Although hate crime remains low in St Helens, it is a crime which can have a devastating impact on victims and communities.

You can also sign the No Place for Hate pledge and leave a message of support, by visiting: www.safersthelens.org.uk

lTo report hate crime, contact Stop Hate UK on: 0800 138 1625 or Merseyside Police on 101, in an emergency call 999.