North Somerset out to help combat hate crime

PUBLISHED: 13:00 07 October 2016

North Somerset Council is helping raise awareness of hate crime.

North Somerset Council is helping raise awareness of hate crime.

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A host of organisations in North Somerset have teamed up ahead of Hate Crime Awareness Week next week.

It aims to raise awareness of hate crime, educate people on how to report it and show support is available in the district. A number of activities have been organised by Responding to Hate Incidents in North Somerset (RHINS).

The RHINS has representatives from North Somerset Council, Avon and Somerset police, Stand Against Racism and Inequality, Education Action Challenging Homophobia, North Somerset People First and Citizens Advice North Somerset.

Activities include a travelling roadshow with information on hate crime and a stand at the Town Hall in Weston.

The council’s executive member for community safety, Felicity Baker, said: “If you are a victim of hate crime or witness an incident or behaviour that you think is, or could be, a hate crime, please don’t ignore it, report it.”

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