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New helpline tackles hate

PUBLISHED: 17:59 29 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:44 11 August 2010

VICTIMS of hate crime will soon be able to report the attacks directly to a dedicated 24-hour hotline. The new helpline, also open to witnesses of hate crime, is part of a scheme launched by Barking and Dagenham Council and its partners. The helpline,

VICTIMS of hate crime will soon be able to report the attacks directly to a dedicated 24-hour hotline.

The new helpline, also open to witnesses of hate crime, is part of a scheme launched by Barking and Dagenham Council and its partners.

The helpline, which will go live at the end of the month, is provided by the charity 'Stop Hate UK'. It will allow people to report incidents where they have been called names, physically hurt or had their property damaged because of another persons prejudice.

A hate crime is classed as any offence motivated by race, faith, age, sexuality, gender or disability.

The calls to the helpline will, with the consent of the caller, be passed on to the Council and Police for local action.

Cllr Val Rush, executive member for community safety, said: "We will take complaints seriously."

The number will be 0800 138 1625.


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