TAMESIDE is joining Greater Manchester in taking a stand against hate. An awareness week starts on Monday (February 4), and all Greater Manchester authorities will be holding public and private events.
In Tameside, the council and its partners have organised a range of events. There will be information stands and visits to community groups, schools and colleges to spread the anti-hate crime message and explain how incidents can be reported.
Becoming a victim of hate ruins lives and we can all do our bit to tackle incidents or crimes, whether it is by encouraging people to report them or by standing up to discrimination. Don’t be a by-stander.
If you have been a victim of hate or witnessed it, report it on 101 or 999 in an emergency. If you don’t want to go to a police station, there is a network of independent reporting centres and these can be found by visiting www.tameside.gov.uk/hatecrime/reporting.locations
Hate incidents and crimes can be someone using offensive language or harassing you because of your identity – this includes skin colour, disability, race, religion, belief, sexuality or difference, acts of violence or hostility.
On Monday (February 4), the Tameside publicity bus will be at the Grafton Centre in Hyde (10am to 2pm). On Tuesday the police and Tameside Youth Service visit Tameside Hospital (11am to 1.30pm), and there’ll be a stand at Tesco in Hattersley (10am to 2pm).
The stand moves to Hyde Market Hall on Wednesday (10am to 2pm) and the publicity bus will be in Ridge Hill, Stalybridge, during the same hours.
On Friday, there’ll be a stand at the Crown Point North shopping centre in Denton (10am to 1pm), and the publicity bus will be stopping in Hattersley (10am to 2pm).
Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council’s executive member for neighbourhood services, said: “Hate crime is totally unacceptable in any of its forms. We all have the right to live our lives without being in fear of hostility or intimidation.
“Tameside Council is committed to doing everything it can to eradicate hate crime. Hopefully, we can achieve that through education but, if necessary, we’re prepared to use the law.”
Visit LetsEndHateCrime.com to sign the promise and to stand up against hate crime and show that #WeStandTogether
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