No place for hate in North Somerset

No place for hate in North Somerset

Events raising awareness of hate crime will be taking place in North Somerset next week during Hate Crime Awareness Week (13-20 October).

Activities organised by the RHINS (Responding to Hate Incidents in North Somerset) partnership will highlight what a hate crime is, how to report it (whether you are a victim or a witness) and the support that is available for those affected by it.

The week includes:

Saturday 13 October Hate Crime Awareness Week launch at the Proud Bar in Weston, noon-1.30pm

Monday 15 October Community safety bus MAVIS and responding to hate crime police car at the Italian Gardens, Weston, 10.30am-4pm

Tuesday 16 October Information stand at the Sovereign Centre, Weston, all day Hate crime talk/discussion at Somewhere To Go, St John’s Church Hall, the Boulevard, Weston, 2.15pm Police community contact vehicle in Nailsea shopping centre, 10am-1pm

Wednesday 17 October Awareness raising at Weston Railway Station, 8am-9.30am (the number of hate crimes reported to police across the country’s transport network has doubled over the past five years) Information stand at Weston College, 10.30am-5pm Community Café, United Reformed Church, Weston, 2pm-4pm

Thursday 18 October Communication Café at Coffee#1, High Street, Weston, 10am-noon

Friday 19 October Community safety bus MAVIS and responding to hate crime police car at the Italian Gardens, Weston, 10.30am-4pm.

In addition, there will be an information stand in the Town Hall at Weston during the week, police will be attending Nailsea School assemblies to raise awareness of hate crime and various shops in Nailsea will have displays throughout the week.

Hate crime comes in many different forms. It can be because of hatred on the grounds of race, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability.

It can happen anywhere and can be verbal, physical or, increasingly, on social media. It is usually unprovoked and often has a long-term effect on the victim.

North Somerset Council’s executive member for community safety, Cllr Felicity Baker, said: “If you are a victim of hate crime or witness an incident or behaviour that you think is, or could be, a hate crime, please don’t ignore it, report it.

“By reporting hate crime when it happens, you can help stop it happening to someone else. There are many organisations able to help, so there is no need for anyone to suffer in silence.”

Hate crimes can be reported in many ways:

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