How would you feel if someone started hitting you with a newspaper? Or shouted abusive messages to you whilst you were going about your business?
You wouldn’t stand for it.
As Cheshire Constabulary’s hate crime campaign draws to a close, they’re taking the time to remind people of one of their commitments ‘We’re Here for Victims’.
Inspector Ian Stead, from Cheshire Constabulary’s Partnership Unit said,
“The main objective of the campaign was to increase people’s knowledge of hate crime, specifically disability hate crime. All with the aim of increasing reporting.”
As the campaign draws to a close, Cheshire Constabulary visited a group called Warrington Speak Up, which is an advocacy group for people with learning disabilities. The group meets on a regular basis and talk about issues that affect them in their day to day lives. One of these issues is hate crime. The group spoke about how they felt a range of emotions, including feeling ‘scared’. You can hear about their experience of hate crime in the video below.
Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire John Dwyer said,
“No-one should be verbally or physically attacked full stop. Some of the members of the Speak Up group said that what they experienced was the norm. It should not be. No-one should have to accept being treated that way. Even though the campaign is coming to an end, it doesn’t mean the Constabulary will take their eye off the ball. I’ll ensure they continue to tackle this type of crime and make certain support is there for those who need it.”
Inspector Ian Stead added,
“We’re here for victims and our communities, and are determined to bring perpetrators to justice. If you need us, call us. We’re here when and where you need us, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I urge you to take the time and report disability hate crime.”