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Rapper's plea to halt the hate

Poet and rapper, George the Poet, has released a film to combat hate crime following hate-motivated incidents and retaliation in Manchester and London.

The film, produced in partnership with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, features George reciting a two-minute poem about what hate crime means to him and encourages reporting of incidents.

He said:  "During times like these it's important to hold on to the values of fairness and respect that distinguish us as humans."

Chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, David Isaac, warned of the danger of heading back to a "them and us" society which could damage community cohesion and asks people to come together to challenge acts of harassment, hostility and hatred and uphold the strong British values of tolerance and respect. 

He added: "We need to stand together and show the people who want to divide us that we are united. The Commission is calling for a zero tolerance approach to hostility and hatred and I would urge anyone who experiences or witnesses hate crime to report it.

See George here http://bit.ly/2sicV2t

Hate Crime is any incident which may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate.

Hate crimes and hate incidents create victims because of their disability, race, religion and belief, sexual orientation or because of transgender identity.

Hate crime can be reported by calling 999 in an emergency - particularly if an incident is still happening or has just happened.

Callers have the option of reporting an incident anonymously, although victims are encouraged to provide personal details, which will help with investigations.

All non-emergency reports can be made on 101

You can also report hate crime to Stop Hate UK - on the phone: 0800 138 1625; with Text Relay, for the deaf and hearing / speech impaired callers: 18001 0800 138 1625; in a text: 07717 989 025; in an email: talk@stophateuk.org; chat on the web: www.stophateuk.org/talk; with a form: www.stophateuk.org/; in the post: Stop Hate UK, PO Box 484, Leeds LS7 9BZ.