Mark Healey Lambeth Hate Crime Coordinator photographed at Lambeth Town Hall supporting Pride in London’s #FreedomTo campaign.
“I think that #FreedomTo live life without fear of hate crime is one of the fundamental issues that we need to address now in the UK.
We have made so much progress over the last twenty-seven years whilst I and so many others have been campaigning for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender LGBT equality/human rights but we still have further to go as long as there are people being attacked on the streets or in their homes because of their sexuality or gender identity.
If we want a society where there is no place for hate/a safe place for all – then we all need to start reporting all hate crime incidents when we experience them.
I do believe that the LGBT communities need to put tackling hate crime at the top of their agendas and work with local councils, the police and other local organisations to look at how we can prevent hate crime from happening, how we can do more to support those affected by hate crime and what can be done to improve how we respond to these incidents.
We can and will continue to change things for the better.”
In an emergency always call the police on 999, non-emergencies via 101.
If you experience hate crime in Lambeth you can report to Lambeth’s Hate Crime Coordinator via the online hate crime reporting form at http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/hatecrime or e-mail Mark Healey firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively the national on-line hate crime reporting form is located at http://www.report-it.org.uk
Galop – London’s leading anti-hate crime charity provide free advice and support to those who have experienced hate crime.
Mark Healey pictured with the VauxhallOne‘s Hate Crime Reporting Cards which are being distributed throughout Vauxhall in the lead up to Pride in London Parade on Saturday 28th June 2014, and the Big Gay Picnic which is taking place in Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens on Sunday 29th June 2014.
Cllr Jane Edbrooke, Lambeth Council Cabinet member for Neighbourhoods, recently said:
“We have absolute zero tolerance for hate crime of any nature in Lambeth and we want to urge people to report any instances of abuse they witness, especially when disability, faith, gender identity, race and sexual orientation are referred to.
We are a diverse and tolerant borough and we want to keep it that way.”
Richard Wood, Lambeth Police Borough Commander referring to the recent ‘ammonia’ attacks in Vauxhall said:
“Lambeth Police understand that although unusual the assaults in Vauxhall may leave some communities in particular the LGBT community anxious and concerned however we will together with our partners protect and serve this community.
The Metropolitan Police Service will take a robust approach to those who commit crimes motivated by any form of hate or discrimination”.
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