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#WeStandTogether to tackle hate crime

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A series of special events are being held across England, Wales and Scotland as part of a crackdown designed to tackle hate crime. 

Under the umbrella of #WeStandTogether, British Transport Police (BTP) is supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week, designed to encourage people to report if they have been a victim of hate crime when travelling on the rail network. 

Millions of people travel on the trains every day, and whilst incidents of hate crime can be rare – BTP is stepping up its work to raise awareness of what passengers should do if they believe they are a victim. 

This National Hate Crime Awareness Week (13 – 20 October), officers are joining forces with other agencies and organisations to reinforce the message that we won’t tolerate crimes of hate anywhere on the rail network. Everyone has the right to travel safely whatever their race, religion, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other perceived difference.

Detective Inspector Lisa Jones from BTP, said: “There is never any excuse for hate crime. Being victimised because of who you are or who people think you are is fundamentally wrong. If you think you’ve been a victim, please don’t suffer in silence, report it to us and we will do everything we can to help.”

Throughout the awareness week, officers will be at stations across the country talking to passengers, rail staff and members of the public about our #WeStandTogether campaign - an initiative designed to stamp out hate crime and incidents on public transport. They will also be providing practical advice on what you should do if you do become a victim or witness a hate crime.

Lisa Jones continued: “It is important, now more than ever, that people speak up and report hate crime to police. We’re committed to making sure that becomes a reality. No one should ever be treated badly because someone else perceives them as ‘different’ .”
 
To find out more about our #WeStandTogether campaign, visit www.btp.police.ukand go to advice and info.
 
If you ever witness a crime, or become a victim, on the rail network, please let us know by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40.
 

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