Hate crimes and incidents

A hate crime is a crime committed against someone because of their disability, gender identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

If you have been physically or verbally threatened or hurt because of your race, sexual orientation, gender, religion, age or disability then you have been the victim of a hate crime.

If you're the victim of or a witness to a hate crime, we want to hear from you so that we can stop this type of incident taking place in our borough.

Reporting hate crime

When it’s an emergency

If you or others are seriously injured or in immediate danger, you should call the police on 999.

When it’s not an emergency

If the crime isn’t happening right now, if the subject is no longer at the scene, and if no one has been seriously injured or is in immediate danger, there are other ways you can report it.

If no one has been seriously injured or is in immediate danger, you may prefer to report the hate crime online with the police.

You can also contact Crimestoppers to give information about crime anonymously.

Some victims may find it difficult to report hate crimes directly to the police, so you can report non-emergency hate crime to: