Raising awareness of hate crime across Northampton

Published: Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Local organisations are coming together this October to raise awareness of hate crime and how to report it in Northampton.

The Borough Council is working closely with eight local organisations to deliver a range of local events to educate residents about the different types of hate crime and the best ways to report it.

The awareness raising events all take place around National Hate Crime Awareness Week and kick off with the official launch on Saturday, 14 October at the town’s Diwali celebrations.

Residents, schools and businesses are invited to join the partnership organisations at town centre based events, including the community forum’s tea party at the Guildhall on Wednesday, 18 October.

At the tea party, attendees will find out how to report a hate crime, get an update on the Crane project, learn more about a recent visit to Srebrenica and get tips for keeping safe.

People can also show their support during the awareness week by posting messages on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #WeStandTogether. In addition, they can help to spread information about reporting hate crime during the awareness week, by sharing messages from @NorthamptonBC

Cllr Anna King, Cabinet member for community safety and engagement, said: “It’s fantastic to be working in partnership with so many local organisations to build on the previous success of raising awareness of hate crime in the town, for which we received the ‘Local Council Service Upstander Award 2016’.

“We look forward to welcoming people of all ages to a range of events, across the town as we help to raise awareness and understanding of discrimination and hate crime and the best ways to tackle them.”

If you would like to attend the community forum’s tea party, please book your place by emailing [email protected]

Incidences of hate crime can be reported by calling Northamptonshire Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.