Book to cut out hate crime on Wirral

A new book's been launched to help people who're victims of hate crimes.

The Wirral Community Safety Partnership have produced the booklet alongside other local authorities and agencies from across Merseyside.

Hate crime is defined as any crime or incident motivated by prejudice or hate, and includes crimes based on race, disability, sexual orientation and faith.

Cllr Chris Blakeley, Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety said: "By raising awareness of Hate Crime and responding quickly to prevent a recurrence, over time we can make a difference.

"The message from Wirral Community Safety Partnership is that Hate Crime in whatever form will not be tolerated.'

Community Safety Officer Ian Lowrie told Heart: "What we are keen to do is encourage reporting so people will feel secure and safe, and to prevent any kind of incidents of hate crime in the future.

"It's also to ensure that people know there is a service there that is available for them

"Also to know what to do under the circumstances and to know they've got a good deal of support behind them."

The booklet entitled 'Helping Victims of Hate Crime' can be obtained from the Joint Community Safety Team on 0151 606 5491

Victims or their friends or family are urged to report to the police and other agencies personally or via third-party reporting methods such as Stop Hate UK (0800 138 1625) and Crimestoppers (0800 555111).