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British Transport Police joins the party at Sparkle 2016

British Transport Police (BTP) will add their own Sparkle to this year’s transgender celebrations in Manchester.


We will be there to provide a visible, reassuring presence at Manchester Piccadilly station, as visitors head to the city to attend the event which runs from tomorrow, Friday, until Sunday, 10 July.


Our officers and staff will also be at the Sparkle hub in Sackville Gardens promoting our #WeStandTogether campaign, aimed at eradicating hate crime from the rail network.


Inspector Sonja Simister from BTP said; “We are delighted to once again stand together with the Sparkle transgender celebration, and get involved in this fantastic weekend. If you spot us at Manchester Piccadilly station orSackville Gardens please stop and say hello and pick up one of our hate crime information cards.”


We will be on hand to explain more about the campaign, which upholds the message that everyone has the right to travel on the rail network without fear of intimidation, abuse or violence or the fear of being targeted because of who they are or who others perceive them to be.


It also calls on anyone who might witness a hate crime to report it, as well as offering different ways of making a report, including by texting us on 61016 if they need to contact us without making a call.


Diversity and inclusion manager for BTP Barry Boffy said: “The message is clear – We stand together with the transgender community to tackle hate crime. We won’t tolerate behaviour where someone is targeted because they’re different, or made to feel uncomfortable on their journey. Be proud of your uniqueness.


“We hope to meet as many of you as possible over the weekend.”


Insp Simister added: “In light of recent events it is more important then ever that we stand together and unite against hate crime. Everyone is entitled to be themselves and be who they want to be.

“We have done a huge amount of work to develop links with transgender communities and Sparkle presents another opportunity to strengthen these links.

“Our officers will be on the lookout for anyone who engages in hate crime or prejudicial behaviour and will take all appropriate steps to deal with offenders.

“We want everyone in the city to have a great weekend and we will do everything in our power to make sure this is the case.”

If you notice anyone stepping out of line at stations during the Sparkle event call us on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016.


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