Sutton Council makes it easier to report hate incidents 01.06.10
Sutton Council is urging victims to report incidents of hate to a dedicated helpline.
The council helpline is supported by an electronic reporting system which allows people to fill in incident reports online.
The helpline aims to give victims a quick and easy avenue make reports as well as giving them information they need to decide whether the incident was a crime. Information will be passed on to relevant council officials and data collected will be used to identify any problem areas in the borough.
A hate incident is where someone is targeted because they are believed to be different. The incident could be motivated by age, disability, gender identity, race, religion / belief or sexual orientation.
Executive Member for Communities, Transport and Voluntary Sector on Sutton Council, Cllr Simon Wales, said: "This helpline provides an avenue for people to report incidents, which, whilst not crimes, have caused great distress. It gives support to victims and provides the Council with the information we need to take any necessary action.
"Sutton Council is continually striving to make the borough fairer, safer and greener for all its residents"
To report a hate incident call 0800 138 1625 or visit http://188.8.131.52:81/cus/servlet/ep.app?&type=53510&auth=202 to fill a report in online or www.sutton.gov.uk/hateincidents to download a form.
Last updated: Thursday, 08 July 2010