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Victim of a hate crime? Don’t suffer in silence

Victim of a hate crime? Don’t suffer in silence

Have you been abused or threatened because of your race, nationality, religion, gender, sexuality, disability, lifestyle or the way you dress?

These are ‘hate crimes’. Please don’t accept or ignore them.

We have UCAN centres across our neighbourhoods, which are safe and comfortable places where you can tell a trained person in confidence and they will do something about it. We run lots of different services from our centres, so no need to fear being seen visiting us.

We work closely with the police. If you would prefer to report an incident directly to them, please phone 101. If you would rather tell someone in person, you can go to one of the centres listed here.

Inspector Sarah May, from the Intergrated Neighbourhood Team covering Breightmet and Tonge Moor, told us: “The number of hate crimes recorded in Bolton fell in the last 12 months by 10% but this is only good news if it’s a true reflection of hate crimes taking place. It’s really important that all crime is reported, so that we can focus our resources to have the greatest affect.”

Hate Crime Awareness Week (6 – 12 Feb) is taking place this week to raise awareness, challenge perceptions and promote tolerance and respect. You can get involved on social media by following #westandtogether.

For information on how our UCAN centres can help you and where you can find them, click here.

Pictured left to right are: Vanessa Hamnett, Breightmet UCAN Centre Manager; Inspector Sarah May and Councillor Derek Burrows, Cabinet Member for Community Safety. They're holding a 'how and why to report hate crime' public information booklet, to encourage victims to come forward.

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