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National Hate Crime Awareness Week

Communities in Stockport are urged to come and stand together in the fight against hate crime, as part of National Hate Crime Awareness week – 14th to 21nd October.

The awareness week first began in 2012, and is in its sixth year of running, with the joint-purpose of raising awareness of hate crimes.

It aims to bring people together, to stand with those affected by hate crime, to remember those we have lost, and support those who need our ongoing support.

Throughout the week will be discussing the various different Hate Crimes on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

In England and Wales, hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted because of hostility or prejudice in relation to:
• disability
• race or ethnicity
• religion or belief
• sexual orientation
• transgender identity
• alternative sub-culture hate crime

This year the National Candle of Hope and Remembrance will be lit in memory of MP Jo Cox, and all those killed and injured during the London Bridge, Westminster Bridge, Manchester and Finsbury Mosque attacks.

Councillor Sheila Bailey, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing at Stockport Council, said: “Hate crime must not be tolerated. Everyone deserves to live without fear and intimidation. Anyone who feels they have been a victim of a hate crime needs to report it. Help and support is available.”

Please call 999 if you feel life is in danger or 101 at any other time.