Police are continuing to urge any victims of hate crime to come forward, stressing people should not have to put up with being targeted because of who they are.
Cumbria Constabularies Hate Crime lead Detective Chief Inspector Matt Scott said “There is absolutely no excuse for any form of hate crime, and it will not be tolerated in our county.
“We recognise that contacting and reporting incidents to us may feel daunting in what can be a distressing time.
“We want you to feel safe and comfortable when speaking to us, when you make a report, you will be contacted by an officer and support will be provided.
“If you do not feel you are able to contact us for any reason, you can talk to someone you trust to report on your behalf, or contact Victim Support, Cumbria Together or report a crime anonymously through the True Vision website.
“We take all incidents and crimes extremely seriously and know that this type of crime often goes unreported.
“It is important we continue to highlight the issue and make our communities aware and encourage reporting.
“If you are a victim or witness a hate crime or hate incident, please report it to us so we can take action against those committing this type of crime.
“Support is also available for victims; you can visit Victim support for more information”
Hate crimes and hate incidents have devastating impacts on individuals, families and communities and no one should be targeted for who they are.
Between 1st Aril 2021 and 31st March 2022 there have been 866 hate crime reported to police.
What is a hate crime?
Being targeted because of hostility or prejudice towards your disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
You can also be targeted for more than one characteristic or perceived characteristic.
Hate crimes can include but are not limited to:
• verbal abuse
• damage to property
• threatening behaviour
• online abuse.
Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, said: “We all want Cumbria to be a welcoming and safe place for everyone and any form of hate crime is wholly unacceptable.
“I would encourage anyone who has been the victim of a hate crime to report it to the Police or seek help and advice from Victim Support if you do not wish to speak to the Police.
“Being targeted for your sexuality, religion, race, gender or disability is a very stressful and scary situation and the Police want to help.
“Everyone is welcome in Cumbria and together we can make the county a safer place.”
If you want to report a crime you can use 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency, it can also be reported online here