Since Brexit, there has been a noticeable increase in hate crimes across the country. West Yorkshire Police and local partners are working together to tackle hate crime and encourage victims and witnesses to report all incidents. Hate crime can have a devastating effect on individuals and communities and will not be tolerated. To support video messages by Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams and Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire (below), our partners and residents of West Yorkshire are recording their own messages reinforcing the campaign for people to report all hate crimes. Incidents can be reported either to Police, or via any of the independent reporting methods, either online or in the community.
Presenting the latest video message is Josette Ward, Community Hub Manager of Leeds City Council’s Compton Centre in Leeds, where the public can also report hate crime. Staff at the centre are specially training to help support people making complaints, and also to spot the signs of hate crime
The latest video message is by Rose Simkins, Chief Executive of the charity Stop Hate UK which provides support services for people affected by hate crime. If you are targeted, or you see someone else being targeted, you can contact the charity 24 hours a day.
The second video is by Cllr Maureen Cummings, of Wakefield Council, at an interview recorded at the Victims Hub, Wood Street, Wakefield.
The first video is by Selina Ullah of the Muslim Women’s Council www.muslimwomenscouncil.org.uk More videos will be added shortly.
The Force is releasing two video messages in response to community concerns about an increase in hate incidents and crimes in recent weeks. Other videos and information available on our “Hate Hurts” page www.westyorkshire.police.uk/hatecrime
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams
Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire
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West Yorkshire Police encourage everyone – whether they are a victim or witness of a hate crime or a hate incident, to report it to us straightaway. We take all reports of hate very seriously and we will not tolerate it.