Communities to unite ahead of National Hate Crime Awareness Week

Merseyside / October 06

Merseyside's Police Commissioner will join the Chief Constable and representatives from communities across Merseyside in uniting in a special event this weekend to mark the start of national Hate Crime Awareness Week.

The multi-faith event, will be held at the Church of Our Lady and St Nicholas Church, in Liverpool city centre, at 1.30pm on Sunday 9th October and will be attended by Jane Kennedy, the Chief Constable Andy Cooke QPM, The Rector of Liverpool Rev Dr Crispin Pailing, Holocaust survivor Harry Bibring and Dr Gee Walker from the Anthony Walker Foundation.

Mayors from across Merseyside and representatives from the Michael Causer Foundation will also attend together with representatives from Liverpool and Everton football clubs, faith groups, support organisations, housing associations and police officers.

The event will be chaired by BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Roger Phillips and there will be performances by Jenny Devers, Mark Hartley and the choir from Daisy Inclusive UK.

The focus of the event will be mark the start of National Hate Crime Awareness Week and highlight how communities in Merseyside are working side by side to combat hate crime.

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: "Merseyside is a vibrant and diverse region, home to people from all races and faiths, to people of all sexual orientations and genders and to people of all abilities. It is a warm and welcoming region, made stronger by that rich diversity.

"Sunday's event launching National Hate Crime Awareness Week is an opportunity for us to stand together to demonstrate that hate crime will not be tolerated across Merseyside.

"Nobody should be subject to abuse, fear or hatred simply because of who they are and this week we will be working hard to make sure all those who have been affected know there is help and support available.

"I would urge anyone who has been subjected to hate to contact Merseyside Police on 101 or, if for any reason they don’t feel comfortable speaking to the police, to ring independent charity Stop Hate UK on 0800 138 1625 who I have commissioned to provide 24/7 help and support.

"There are also more than 90 independent centres across the region where you can get help to contact Stop Hate UK - anywhere displaying a ‘red hand’ logo is part of this important network standing up against hate."

Chief Constable Andy Cooke QPM said: "Merseyside is rightly proud of being a diverse place to live, work and socialise and I am delighted that so many representatives from across the community can join us for this event.

"There is no place in our society for hate crime and Merseyside Police is committed to maintaining the right of all our communities to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

"It is vital that we give our support to anyone who believes they have been subjected to abuse or left in fear because of who they are and I want to reassure the public that the Force is committed to taking action against those responsible for hate crime and building trust with the most vulnerable members of our communities.

"I would urge anyone who feels they have been a victim to contact us in the knowledge that we will take their concerns seriously and we will take prompt action."

Officers from Merseyside Police will also be taking part in an interactive Twitter Q&A on the subject of hate crime between 6pm-7pm on Tuesday 11th October. People can ask a question by following @MerseyPolice and using the hashtag #merseyendhate