What can I report?
Hate incident: This is any incident where you or anyone else has been targeted because they are believed to be different. Someone can be harassed, victimised, intimidated or abused by someone else because of their race, religion, disability, gender, age, or because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans.
Some examples of hate incidents
People may say or do things that make you feel alarmed, scared, upset or in fear of violence. It may be a neighbour or someone else who keeps calling you names, threatens to hurt you or damages your property. If someone commits a criminal offence that makes you feel like this, it is called a hate crime.
- Graffiti or Arson
- Making nuisance phone calls that upset or annoy you
- People swearing at you or making abusive remarks and calling you names
- Someone attacking you, hitting you, spitting or throwing things at you
- Domestic Violence
- Someone threatening you or doing things that frighten, intimidate or distress you
- Sending you nasty letters, e-mails or text messages/
Anyone can be a victim; you do not have to be a member of a minority community, or someone who is generally considered to be vulnerable.
Why report it?
If you have witnessed or been the victim of a hate incident then please report it. The information will be recorded and used by the Council and partner organisations such as the Police to provide help and support to the victim, deal with the person(s) responsible and prevent similar incidents happening in the future. All incidents are taken very seriously and treated in the strictest confidence.
- In an emergency call 999 to contact the Police
- Complete one of the forms below. You can fill it in online or download one to fill in and return by post (freepost -no stamp required)
- Telephone Blackpool Police on 01253 293933
- Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111
- Report online www.lancashire.police.co.uk
All incidents reported to the council or to the police will be treated confidentially and will only be disclosed to other relevant agencies if you give your consent. You may be contacted by a Council officer to obtain further details unless you do not wish to be contacted.
ON-LINE HATE INCIDENT REPORTING FORM
HATE INCIDENT REPORTING FORM - PDF version