Borough lands £10k to tackle hate crimes

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WIGAN and other Greater Manchester boroughs are set to benefit from a £100,000 boost to support victims, encourage reporting and improve how the police and criminal justice system tackle hate crime.

Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd has allocated £10,000 to each of the 10 local authority areas to support local projects to combat this prejudicial brand of offence.

It follows the publication of a report which looks at hate crime across Greater Manchester and lays down a number of challenges for police, local authorities, schools and colleges, the wider criminal justice system, and community and voluntary organisations.

The report comes ahead of Hate Crime Awareness Week which takes place from February 8 to 14 to raise awareness of such offences, encourage reporting and bring communities together to challenge it.

Mr Lloyd said: “Hate crime must not, and will not, be tolerated in Greater Manchester.

“We are a proud region that embraces diversity and stands together against those who seek to divide us through intolerance, hatred and violence.

“Only by working together can we build strong, cohesive communities and make hate crime truly unacceptable.

“This report is a call to action for every agency and every individual who has a stake in the safety and security of our communities. The route to ending hate crime is not going be easy but by listening to victims, working with community and voluntary groups and harnessing the unwavering will and determination of local people we can challenge hate.

“There’s already some good work going on to tackle hate crime and encourage people to report it. This funding will enhance this work and make sure that victims of hate crime have confidence in the criminal justice system and are getting the right help and support.”