Youngsters invited to help stamp out hate crime

From left, Clare Langley Chief Inspector (Communities) Mayuresh Parekh, Coun Moira Smith. Hemanth Vaddadi and Julie Rowe, Marine Lecturer.

From left, Clare Langley Chief Inspector (Communities) Mayuresh Parekh, Coun Moira Smith. Hemanth Vaddadi and Julie Rowe, Marine Lecturer.

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South Tyneside Council is calling on young people to get involved with National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

The event, which runs until Saturday, aims to tackle hate crime by raising awareness of the issue, highlighting its impact on individuals and demonstrating why it is important to report incidents.

Hate crime is any criminal offence where a victim is targeted because of their race or ethnicity, religious belief, disability, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation or any other actual or perceived difference. It can range from verbal or physical abuse to bullying, graffiti or damage to property.

This year the council’s Community Safety team in partnership with the police is working with South Tyneside College and the Youth Parliament to get across their anti-hate message.

Coun Moira Smith, lead member for area management and community safety, said: “National Hate Crime Awareness Week gives us the perfect opportunity to highlight the very real damage that this type of offence causes. Hate crime can cause misery for those affected, often leaving victims feeling frightened and belittled.”

Each day a video will be uploaded to social media channels to highlight the damage done by hate crime and another to showcase the support available for those affected.

Southern Area Command communities Chief Inspector Clare Langley said: “We simply won’t tolerate hate crime and do all we can to raise awareness of the issue and the impact it has on individuals.”

To report a hate crime, call 0191 427 2020.