Dealing with hate crime
Hate crime is a serious offence and we will take action against anyone who commits it.
We’ll also do what we can to help support victims of hate crime and make sure they’re treated in a sympathetic and sensitive manner.
What is hate crime?
The Crown Prosecution Service defines hate crime as:
"Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or prejudice, based on a person's disability or perceived disability; race or perceived race; religion or perceived religion; sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation or transgender identity or perceived transgender identity."
Hate crimes can also include:
- Threatening behaviour
- Damage to property
- Inciting others to commit hate crimes
We’ll take action against anybody who commits hate crime (this includes legal proceedings which may result in the offender losing their home).
Incidents of hate crime should be reported to the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. You can also report a hate crime to your local police force.
Once you’ve reported the matter to the police, please get in touch with us and we’ll record the details and carry out an investigation.
For more information, see our hate crime policy.