How to report a hate crime

If you experience or witness a hate crime in Lambeth report it to the police 999/101

You can also report hate crime to these Independent Advice and Support Services:

For more information about hate crime services in London see:

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National Hate Crime Awareness Week 8 – 15 October 2016

October 8th 2016 sees the start of the 5th annual National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

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The week starts with a special launch event at St Paul’s Cathedral, followed by hate crime awareness events across the UK.  The theme this year is ‘Standing Together’ with all the people affected by acts of hatred around the world.

The week is organised by the anti-hate crime charity 17-24-30 No Hate Crime Campaign, in partnership with Stop Hate UK, the leading Hate Crime charity.

The week’s aim is to encourage local authorities, local councils and local police services to work together with communities affected by Hate Crime across the UK to stage Hate Crime awareness events.

Last year over 200 events were organised and registered on the 17-24-30 website which lists many hate crime events and activities taking place around the UK.

You can find more information about the week here

 

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Funding for Hate Crime Projects announced

The Home Office is offering funding of £25,000 or £50,000 for projects to tackle hate crime. Applications need to be in by 14 October 2016.   Find out more at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/preventing-hate-crime-funding-for-community-projects or e-mail hatecrimeprojects@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

Hate crimes are crimes that are motivated by hostility on the grounds of race, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity. Hate crimes target an intrinsic part of the victim’s identity and have no place in our society. Providing funding for projects which prevent hate crime is one of the actions included  in the UK government’s hate crime action plan.

About the Home Office fund

The aim of the fund is to work with affected communities to develop a range of pilot projects to tackle hate crime, by funding the development of innovative projects that support the delivery of the five key aims of the UK Government’s plan for tackling hate crime.

 The five key aims are:

 1.    Preventing hate crime

2.    Responding to hate crime in our communities

3.    Increasing the reporting of hate crime

4.    Improving support for the victims of hate crime

5.    Building our understanding of hate crime

 The fund allows organisations to bid for grant funding for programmes that help to deliver some of the objectives set out in the Hate Crime Action Plan. Applications for funding will close on 14 October 2016.

 The Home Office is seeking to fund projects at two levels of either £25,000 or £50,000.

 What are they looking for?

The Home Office are looking for motivated and creative community groups or consortia to develop innovative projects that help to tackle hate crime and issues associated with hate crime. Projects must involve stakeholders who are affected by, or are past or potential perpetrators of hate crime.

 To find out more please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/preventing-hate-crime-funding-for-community-projects or e-mail hatecrimeprojects@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

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New government hate crime plan launched

The government has announced a new hate crime action plan in the wake of Brexit and terrorist attacks in Europe.   The plan builds on the previous plan  – Challenge It, Report It, Stop It – published in 2012.

Among the new measures included in the new plan are:

  • the publication, for the first time, of detailed findings from the Crime Survey for England and Wales on the extent of hate crime victimisation in England and Wales;
  • improved police recording of hate crime – police forces will be required to record hate crimes under all five of the monitored strands, and publish that data as Official Statistics;
  • funding for a number of projects with voluntary sector organisations working with victims of hate crime; and
  • amended legislation to provide for enhanced sentencing in a wider range of crimes, including for the first time a victim’s transgender identity as an aggravating factor.

We haven’t seen an increase in hate crime in Lambeth since Brexit but there is a big gap between the estimated number of hate crimes and those that get reported to the police.

According to the independent Crime Survey for England and Wales, there were an estimated 222,000 hate crimes on average each year from 2012/13 to 2014/15. But only about a quarter of these were reported to the police – the difference between police figures and the crime survey shows that hate crimes continue to be significantly under-reported.

If you are a victim of hate crime or know someone who is report it to the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

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Lambeth united against hate crime

In the wake of national concerns about hate crime following the EU referendum outcome Lambeth council has moved to emphasise the borough’s unity.

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Cllr Mohammed Seedat

Cllr Mohammed Seedat, Cabinet Member for Healthier & Stronger Communities, said: “We do not tolerate hate crime of any kind in Lambeth, and have moved quickly to publically reassure all residents, wherever they are from, that they are always welcome here.

“Lambeth council works with the police and advice organisations in supporting our communities to engage with each other, to build understanding and to reinforce the borough’s unity.”

Detective Chief Supt Richard Wood, Lambeth Borough Commander, said: “I’m glad to report that there have been no significant tensions among our communities as a result of the vote as yet, but we will keep a ready eye on proceedings as they progress.”

Amnesty International have launched a campaign at a local level encouraging councillors to promote unity against racism, xenophobia and hate crimes.

Cllr Seedat said: “Fortunately we have not seen a post referendum rise in racial abuse, but there’s no room for complacency and we welcome Amnesty International’s campaign to reinforce the importance of standing against hate.”

In Lambeth 79.5 per cent of people voted to remain in the EU, the highest margin in the UK, apart from Gibraltar.

You can find out more about the Amnesty International campaign at: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/tell-your-local-council-stand-against-hate-crimes-racism-xenophobia

 

 

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Lambeth’s tribute to Orlando victims

Following the horrific mass shooting at an LGBT venue in the US city of Orlando in the early hours of Sunday 12 June 2016, Lambeth Council has expressed its condolences to the victims and their families.

Cllr Lib Peck, Lambeth council leader, said: “Our thoughts are with all those affected by this senseless violence. We stand united with our LGBT communities in the face of this appalling homophobic attack – and loudly reject those who wish to sow hatred and division.

Cllr Peck joined the council cabinet members at Olive Morris House in Brixton to fly the LGBT rainbow flag at half-mast in tribute to those who lost their lives in the attack.

Chief Superintendent Richard Wood, Lambeth Police Borough Commander said “Our thoughts are with the victims, friends, families and loved ones of those involved.  Now, as ever, it is important we are united as communities and send a clear message that there is no place for hatred in our world.  As ever if you have any concerns, questions or suggestions, please do feel free to contact me or my staff office.”

Over the coming week police will have additional patrols in and around our busy night-time economies and their team of LGBT liaison officers will be conducting reassurance and engagement visits amongst the LGBT community and venues.

In 1999 Lambeth itself was targeted by a violent, homophobic, racist who set off a nail bomb in Brixton, as well as two other locations in London.  The perpetrator hoped to stir up hatred between the Black, Asian and Gay communities.

His plan failed and in the wake of this latest appalling attack the importance of working hard to build understanding and unity between communities is again at the forefront of our minds.

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Lambeth Hate Crime Blog

 

The Lambeth Hate Crime Blog is no longer updated but is being kept as a community resource.

If you experience or witness hate crime in Lambeth report to the police 999/101

You can also report hate crime to these Independent Advice and Support Services

For more information about hate crime services in London

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