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British Transport Police call on Manchester to stand together against hate crime

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British Transport Police is calling on Manchester to stand together to defeat hate crime with the reminder that you don’t need to be a victim of hate crime to report it.

As part of Greater Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week, which starts on Monday, 5 February, officers will be holding engagement stalls at key stations including Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria, calling on the public to play their part and pledge to join together to take a stand against hate crime.

Chef Inspector Andrea Graham said: “The aim of our engagement stalls is just that – we want people to approach officers and find out what we are doing to tackle hate crime on the railway. We want them to know that we are always here to take any reports of hate crime seriously and to take action against offenders. Take the time to chat with our officers and talk about your concerns, learn more about our #WeStandTogether campaign and how you can play your part.”

Officers will also be taking part in the ‘Communities are Creative Together’ event at Manchester Cathedral organised by the Challenging Hate Forum,  on Tuesday, with other partners across Greater Manchester

Chief Inspector Graham  said: “We are proud that Manchester has such a diverse culture and this is something that should be celebrated. By raising awareness of hate crime and communicating  the message that it will not be tolerated we are asking the public to stand up and report any incident of hate crime to us. 
“If you witness it -  find an officer and report it – if it’s easier you can discreetly text us on 61016 or call us on 0800 40 50 40 – we need to know about it so we can take action.
“Let’s make the message clear to anyone who feels they are entitled to bully others  because of their  hateful, divisive views that it’s just not acceptable. No one has the right to intimidate, abuse or threaten someone because they are different. We should celebrate our differences not use them to divide us.

“We will be at key hubs on the rail network across Manchester throughout Hate Crime Awareness week but we’re also around for the other 51 weeks of the year too, every single day working around the clock to help keep you safe. Don’t let an incident of hate crime go unreported – we owe it to each other to take a stand and stamp out hate crime.”

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