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The West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner is supporting a national campaign to raise awareness of hate crime, encourage reporting, and promote local support services and resources for victims.

A number of events are being held throughout the week, including a pop up awareness stall in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre in Redditch which was attended by DPCC Tracey Onslow earlier today. Tracey will also be attending an event to mark the re-launch of the North Worcestershire Hate Incident Partnership in Bromsgrove this Friday.

West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: “It’s important to keep the focus on hate crime, and I will ensure that support for victims remains a priority for West Mercia Police. The increase in reporting shows that public confidence in the police is increasing, and I am reassured they are working diligently to prevent and to tackle unacceptable behaviour, and injustices in society. We all have a part to play in challenging negative beliefs and attitudes, and I believe that by working together we can create happier, safer and more united communities in West Mercia.”

The PCC provides grant funding to prevent hate crime including the commissioning of FREsh, a registered society promoting equality, diversity and the elimination of unfair treatment and discrimination within and beyond Shropshire. For more information click here.

For more information on how West Mercia Police is supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week visit their websiteClick here for a real life account of a hate crime experience.

Follow the campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @WestMerciaPCC #NHCAW #WeStandTogether #NoPlaceForHate #SafePlaceForAll.

Issued: Wednesday 18th October 2017