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Citizens Advice Bolton becomes Hate Crime Reporting Centre

Staff at Citizens Advice Bolton are to be trained in how to spot when a client has been a victim of Hate Crime.

Citizens Advice Bolton is proud to announce that it has officially become a Third Party Reporting Centre for Hate Crime.

Hate Crime comes in many different forms and often people don’t know they have been a victim of a hate crime.

“The people do not realise they have been victims of hate crime”
Richard Wilkinson - Chief Officer, Citizens Advice Bolton

“We will typically get people with a range of different problems.  They may come to us with a housing issue saying they want to move" said Chief Officer, Richard Wilkinson.

“When we dig deeper it transpires there were issues surrounding neighbours and what particular group they are from.

“We often find that these issues have not been reported to the police.  People often don’t realise they are a victim of hate crime until they are told, some people just accept it as the norm.

“The Citizens Advice service is a service that is generally trusted by the public and this is about making sure people know there are different channels they can go through to report an incident.”

This launch marks the start of Hate Crime Awareness Week which runs between January 26th and 1st February.

Det Insp Charlotte Cadden said: “This is a great idea.  We hope staff here will be using our new hare crime training package that we have just developed.

“We have got to dig deeper, you do not always have to go through a court process, there are other things we can do to resolve problems in communities.”

Councillor Derek Burrows, Cabinet Member for Community Safety said: “Hate Crime is completely unacceptable and we are working with our partners to end it completely.

“We hope that the events and awareness-raising activates we are organising as part of this week will raise awareness of hate crime and encourage people to take a stand against it.”

If you have experienced or seen a hate incident because of:

  • Race, colour or ethnic origin
  • Nationality
  • Religion or faith
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Sexuality or
  • Lifestyle choices

Then you need to report it by either coming in to speak to us here at the CAB or via the website: www.report-it.org.uk 

**Pictures from The Bolton News**

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