Hate-crime reporting made easier

VICTIMS of hate crimes who don’t feel comfortable going to a police station can now report incidents at 17 different locations across the borough.

Libraries, colleges and community centres will now double up as reporting centres, following the official launch of the third party reporting network. Third party reporting centres are a means of tackling the chronic under reporting of hate crime were recommended in the Macpherson report into the Stephen Lawrence murder.

A hate crime is any criminal offence where the victim or any other person (such as a witness) perceives that the motivation of the perpetrator’s hate is because of sex, race, religion, age, disability or sexual orientation. Third party reporting is designed to encourage the reporting of hate incidents by providing appropriate support for the victim through a partnership of relevant agencies and without revealing the victim’s personal details.