Police and council target hate crimes

EXMOUTH police has joined forces with the district council calling for victims of hate crimes to come forward.

EXMOUTH police has joined forces with the district council calling for victims of hate crimes to come forward.

East Devon District Council and the Community Safety Partnership are targeting hate crime in a campaign launched this month.

A hate crime is where someone has been targeted because of age, disability, race, gender, religion or sexual orientation.

Anderson Jones, EDDC's diversity officer, says that a hate 'incident' includes harassment, graffiti or damage to property, threats, abusive calls, emails or texts, assault, verbal abuse and bullying.

He said: "We want everyone to feel safe at home, at work or school/college and on the streets of East Devon. Only by recording incidents can we build up a complete picture of hate incidents in the area and do something to stop it. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a hate incident, we want to know about it".

Reporting forms are now widely available at many outlets across East Devon, or you can email the Devon County Council Hate Crime Prevention Co-ordinator on hate.crime@devon.gov.uk