“We will not tolerate hate crime’ - police chief and Wakefield Council issue warnings

Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire Mark Burns-Williamson.
Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire Mark Burns-Williamson.

Racist, homophobic and religiously motivated crimes will not be tolerated - councillors are warning.

The Communities and Safety Overview and Scrutiny Committee are set to discuss ways of reducing hate crime at a meeting next Wednesday.

A number of recommendations will then be put forward to the council’s cabinet including raising awareness of how to report hate crime, developing a campaign to improve understanding and introducing new training.

A report to be put forward to the committee said: “If accepted, the committee’s recommendations will help to raise public awareness of hate crime, ensure that the Community Safety Partnership provides an improved, co-ordinated response to hate crime issues and provides the support and help needed by victims.”

West Yorkshire Police class hate crime as any offence which is motivated by hostility or prejudice based upon the victim’s disability, race, religion, belief, sexual orientation or transgender identity.

The police and crime commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson has also launched a consultation on hate crime.

He said: “I want to send out a clear message that hate crime is not acceptable in any form and I will be continuing to work closely with criminal justice partners to ensure hate crime is dealt with appropriately and sentencing is effective.”

To report a hate crime call 101, Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or log on to www.report-it.org.uk

To take part in the consultation e-mail consultation@westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk or log on to www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contact-us/hate-crime-hate-incidents