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Hate crime survey launched

A survey is being carried out in Lincolnshire to help organisations tackle hate crime.

Lincolnshire's Community Safety Partnership wants to understand more about the nature and extent of hate crime in the county.

Hate crime is any incident which is motivated by hostility or prejudice towards any aspect of a person's identity, including race, gender, disability, ethnicity or sexuality.

Chairman of the Hate Crime Delivery Group, Chief Inspector Daniel Whyment said: "Partners in Lincolnshire are committed to tackling hate crime. The information we get back from the public through our survey will help us support victims better and provide the most effective response in the future.

"Improving everyone's knowledge of how hate crime occurs and giving victims the confidence to report incidents, is critical to tackling this issue.

"To do this it's vital that we listen to our communities and this is a genuine opportunity for people to share their experiences with us."

The Hate Crime survey can be accessed in English, Polish, Latvian and Lithuanian, and also in an Easy-Read format on the Safer Communities website - www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lincolnshire-community-safety-partnership

Paper copies are also available from Boston Borough Council. The survey is anonymous, however there is an opportunity to leave contact details for anyone who wants to talk in more detail about an incident they have experienced or witnessed.

The survey runs until Friday, December 15.

The Hate Crime Delivery Group is part of Lincolnshire's Community Safety Partnership which is made up of policing, health and council partners in the county.

Incidents of hate crimes can be reported to Lincolnshire Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency, or to STOP HATE UK on 0800 138 1625.