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15 October, 2018

Julia Mulligan joins nation’s PCCs in show of solidarity against hate crime

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, today issued a rallying call to the nation to “stand up and be counted” as part of a powerful anti-hate campaign.

Julia, alongside fellow Police and Crime Commissioners, Chief Constables, justice partners and the public are condemning the scourge that is hate crime by taking part in a nationwide social media campaign called The Big Link-up.

The Big Link-up marks National Hate Crime Awareness Week and sees public figures, organisations and individuals demonstrating their support against hate crime by posting “selfies” or group shots of themselves’ holding the #NO2HATE sign.

Julia joined PCCs from across the nation in a photo of defiance, shared across social media with the hashtag #NO2HATE.

Julia said:

“Many people will think that hate crime is not a serious problem for North Yorkshire. In fact, in many respects, the opposite is true. We have less diversity in our County than in many police force areas which may lead to some individuals and communities feeling particularly isolated. We need to encourage them to come forward, report the crime they have been a victim of and get the support they need and deserve.

“I have recently given the ‘Supporting Victims’ service authorisation to not just provide support for victims of hate crime but also to enable victims to report the hate crime, without having to go to the police. This is just the latest change I have made as Police and Crime Commissioner to make sure residents are safe and supported at the most difficult of times.”

Hate crime

Hate crime is a criminal act motivated by a prejudice towards an individual. A hate crime incident is an act of prejudice which may not break the law but may still be reported and recorded.

Hate crime is not isolated to verbal or physical abuse. It can also involve vandalism, criminal damage, graffiti or arson, cyberbullying, offensive communications, threats of attack or financial exploitation. All of these incidents can be reported to police.

Between April 2018 and September 2018, 292 hate crimes were reported in North Yorkshire at an average of 48.6 per month. In comparison, 171 hate crimes were reported between April and September the previous year in 2017 at an average of 28.5 per month.

Julia is encouraging anyone who is a victim of hate crime, or anyone who has been, or witnessed it, to report it.

To report a hate crime

If you are a victim of Hate Crime, or have any information that you can provide to protect others, however insignificant it may seem:

  • Call the police on 101, in an emergency always call 999.
  • If you don’t want to talk to the police,
    call  Supporting Victims in North Yorkshire on 01609 643 100
  • Report it online at report-it.org.uk