Winning artwork for Wakefield anti-hate crime campaign revealed

Artwork produced by young people in the Wakefield district will be the face of a new anti-hate crime campaign .

Monday, 9th November 2020, 7:00 am
Coun Maureen Cummings with the winner

Wakefield’s Safer Together Partnership, which includes Wakefield Council, is has announced the winners of a competition which helped to launch its new campaign to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

Hate crime is when someone breaks the law by hurting another person because of prejudice or discrimination based on someone’s race, religion or belief, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

The campaign, called ‘Stop hate, be a mate’, looks at the effects hate crime has on people, how to get support and report incidents, and what everyone can do to make Wakefield a friendly and supportive place to be.

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Young people were invited to design a poster with the message ‘Stop hate, be a mate’ and the winners, judged by the Mayor of Wakefield, Cllr Charles Keith and Cllr Maureen Cummings, were:

Archie from Highfields School (1st)

Arieba from Outwood Academy City Fields (2nd)

Oliver from Highfields School (3rd)

The winning entry by Archie will be used in the Council’s next campaign.

The top three will receive some fantastic prizes of a £100 voucher for the winner, a £75 voucher for second place, a £50 voucher for third place and there will also be £10 vouchers for ten runners up, kindly donated by WDH.

All winners will be contacted by the Council shortly.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Communities and Poverty, said: “I was delighted to see all the entries from young people across the district, so congratulations to the winners and to everyone who took part.

“It’s important to educate young people about hate crime and send a message that this kind of behaviour is wrong and will not be tolerated in our district.

“I hope this competition has got them thinking about how to be kind and caring towards others, especially people who may seem different.”

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Hate crime is wrong and is never the victim’s fault. Report hate crime to the police on 999 in an emergency and 101 at other times.

Here in Wakefield it can also be reported using the Stop Hate UK App.