FIGHTING DISCRIMINATION: London council launches hate crime helpline

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Harrow, UNITED KINGDOM
VIJAY SHAH

In the wake of a massive rise in reported hate crimes such as racist attacks and taunts following the outcome of the EU referendum in June 2016, a London local government body has launched a specialised helpline for its residents to report incidents and crimes of xenophobia, anti-Semitism and other forms of hate.

Harrow Council, in north-east Greater London, had set up the service after several people in the borough of Harrow came forward to report ‘low level’ incidences of verbal racial abuse, which the council’s iHarrow portal stated was “causing distress amongst community members” in the borough of 215,000, one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse among London’s 32 borough areas. The council also expressed concerns that while Harrow escaped the worst of the spike in hate-motivated incidents in the wake of Brexit, much of these crimes were going unreported to the police.

The new hotline, 0800 138 1625, which is free to call and runs 24 hours a day, was set up by the council in tandem with the Stop Hate UK service. The service is also being promoted across the borough to encourage people to speak about hate crimes affecting them, their families, friends and communities.

People who witness others being personally attacked or having their property attacked because of their disability, race, religion, creed, sexual orientation or gender identity and where it is not an emergency can call the helpline in strict confidence. People whose first language is not English can arrange for a translator to return their call within five working days by simply leaving their contact details.

SOURCES/IMAGE CREDIT:
Half-Eaten Mind, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/halfeatenmind
iharrow.com, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/iharrow
“Report Hate Crime in Harrow – 0800 138 1625” – iharrow.com (16 August 2016) http://www.iharrow.com/council/report-hate-crime-in-harrow-0800-138-1625/
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4 thoughts on “FIGHTING DISCRIMINATION: London council launches hate crime helpline

  1. The Whitechapel Whelk August 21, 2016 / 10:19 am

    Speaking as a Londoner, born and bred, this latest measure is a sad reflection on my great city and further proof that Brexit was a disaster on so many levels

    Liked by 1 person

    • halfeatenmind August 21, 2016 / 2:52 pm

      Couldn’t agree with you more. Brexit has just brought the racist worms out of the woodwork as so to speak.

      Liked by 1 person

      • The Whitechapel Whelk August 21, 2016 / 4:08 pm

        Indeed. I take comfort from the fact that these fools are in the minority by a long way and that London will always be a multi-cultural and tolerant city.I’m rather proud of that.

        Liked by 1 person

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