Case study 1
Victim A and his partner were repeat victims of hate-related harassment from the perpetrator living next door. The perpetrator in the case had recently been released from prison after serving a sentence for racially aggravated harassment against them. The perpetrator was also issued with a restraining order on conviction for two years, not to have any contact or communicate with the victims or enter their accommodation.
The Anti Social Behaviour Unit received a call from a social housing manager. They requested that we provided additional contact with the victim to provide reassurance.
Victim A attended a police station to discuss the impact the situation was having on him and his partner’s lives with the ASB Unit. He was clearly frustrated feeling nothing had changed and explained the detrimental impact the perpetrator was having on their lives even though there was a restraining order in place.
Despite the above measures issued by the court, the victim stated that since the perpetrator had been released from prison, he had caused non-stop issues, and continued to display the same previous behaviour prior to his sentence.
As a result of the meeting Victim A was issued an “edesix” camera, a body camera from Cheshire Police which enhanced his confidence in how seriously we were taking his crime.
Victim A heard the perpetrator shout a number of obscenities from within his flat. Some of the comments were captured on the video card and used to corroborate the victim’s account and secure the conviction.
Subsequently, the perpetrator was jailed for 16 weeks. This was the first deployment of the camera locally and demonstrated the effectiveness of the camera and how quickly it can be deployed to target hate crime and ASB.
The ASB Unit followed up the case with the victim and asked how effective the camera had been.
The victim stated that prior to receiving the camera and the subsequent arrest and imprisonment of the offender it was really difficult. Victim A said it was difficult to prove what was going on. The “edesix” badge camera improved the situation and he felt it confirmed trust from the police and felt more secure, as using the camera was easy and he knew any evidence would be vital to show what they had been experiencing.
Victim A said he and his partner were now able to live a normal life and had ambitions to do things that previously were out of question. They felt the community had also benefited from the conviction.
Case study 2
An Asian female was walking home when she was approached by a mother and son who started to shout racial abuse at her. The female was offended and distressed by this and immediately went home and reported the matter to the Police.
Police Officers were deployed and it very soon came to light that the offenders were neighbours of the female, and that there had been a longstanding neighbour dispute between the parties.
The incident was further complicated as it transpired that a number of agencies and authorities, including the police, had already had dealings with the victim and the alleged offenders.
As a result of enquiries made both mother and son were arrested and subsequently charged with a Racially Aggravated Public order offence.
The investigation into this incident was made particularly difficult due to the nature of the persons involved. The combination of detailed and accurate information recorded at the time of the call, positive and timely interventions by supervisors, and professional impartiality shown by the investigating officers, demonstrated a commitment to excellence by all staff and that Hate Crime will not be tolerated, regardless of the circumstances, in Cheshire.