Police cracking down on hate crime

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Police in South Tyneside are backing National Hate 
Crime Week.

 The aim of the week, which runs until Sunday, is to raise awareness of hate crime and what it means.

 A hate crime is any crime where a victim feels they have been targeted because of their race, faith, religion, gender, disability, gender identify, age or sexual orientation.

 On Sunday, officers visited the Gurdwara at South Tyneside and spoke to the congregation about hate crime, how to report it and the support that is available.

 Throughout the week there will be a number of events based around hate crime, showcasing the work that police are doing to tackle it as well as highlighting the support that is available to victims.

 They will also be at Mosques in South Tyneside on Friday.

 Southern Area Command Communities Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt said: “Being targeted due to characteristics such as race, faith, religion, gender, disability, gender identify, age or sexual orientation is a specific crime. It is a hate crime and we do not want our communities to be victim of this sort of crime.

 “We are working very hard to raise awareness of what hate crime is and encourage those who have been a victim, or witnessed someone else being a victim, to come forward and report this to us.

 “There is a lot of support available for victims of hate crime, including people who are specially trained to recognise the sensitivities around these crimes.”