St Helens students fight hate crime

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Students from across St Helens are joining forces to help fight prejudice in a series of radio adverts to mark national Hate Crime Awareness week.

The students’ efforts are part of council-wide backing for the annual campaign that tackles hate crime issues by raising awareness of what hate crime is and how to respond to it.

The council will be encouraging people to report hate crime and promoting local services and resources.

St Helens residents are also being urged to go online and pledge their support for the St Helens No Place for Hate Crime.

The more people who sign the pledge - the greater the local awareness of the issue.

There are many different types of hate crime - including physical assault, damage to property, arson, graffiti, threats, verbal abuse, bullying and obscene telephone calls.

And while victims of hate crime are often reluctant to report incidents - due to fear of repeat attacks – the council and its partners are urging everyone to take action whenever possible.

To report hate crime call Stop Hate UK 0800 138 1625, www.stophateuk.org/talk or Merseyside Police on 101, www.merseyside.police.uk

To leave your message of support against hate crime in St Helens, visit: www.sthelens.gov.uk/hatecrime