Merseyside Police and the Police Commissioner’s office have united with partners to carry out a day of action against hate crime in Knowsley today (Friday 5th July).
Representatives from the local policing team and Jane Kennedy’s office were joined by Council leader Cllr Graham Morgan, other local councillors and members of the council’s community safety team to carry out a leaflet drop across parts of Prescot aimed at raising awareness of hate crime and promoting the support available to anyone affected.
The multi-agency event has been organised following report of racist graffiti being found in the area and aims to encourage who has been a victim to seek help. The event will see leaflets promoting charity Stop Hate UK, who the PCC commissions to deliver a 24/7 independent reporting line, delivered to hundreds of homes in the area. Representatives from all the agencies will also be on hand to talk to residents about the issue of hate crime and the support on offer to anyone who has experienced it.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “Hate crime is never acceptable. Yet sadly we know too many people do put up with it and even accept it as part of their everyday lives.
“Today is an opportunity to send out a clear message that hate crime will not be tolerated here in Knowsley, or anywhere across Merseyside. We want anyone affected by hate crime to speak out and get help. Ideally that would be direct to the police, but if for any reason, you don’t feel comfortable speaking to the police, you can still access help and support via Stop Hate UK.
“Stop Hate UK’s independent helpline runs 24/7 and is on hand for anyone affected by hate crime of any type. This service is confidential and anonymous and your details will not be shared without your consent. They can also refer to you to one of our fantastic support services if you need any further care or guidance, that includes the Anthony Walker Foundation, Daisy Inclusive UK and Citizens Advice Liverpool.
“This initiative is a great example of how, when all the partners unite, we can address local issues to improve people’s quality of life. My thanks to everyone who has taken part."
Community Policing Inspector Phil Mullally said: “We have seen recent incidents of offensive graffiti in the area and I want to reassure those in the community that we will not tolerate any form of hate crime, and work with the PCC and all our partners to respond to your concerns, find those responsible for incidents and keep Knowsley as a safe and happy place to live, work and visit.”