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Hate Crime

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 Crime

Hate crimes and hate incidents are taken to mean any crime or incident where the perpetrator's hostility or prejudice against an identifiable group of people is a factor in determining who is victimised. (ACPO, 2000:13)

A hate crime or incident is any crime or incident which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person's actual or perceived social group or groups.

For the purpose of the strategy, the hate crime strands we will be focusing on are:


However it is worth noting that malice or ill will towards a social group can be based on any identifying factor, including the above groups, but not exclusively. Some people may experience hate crimes and incidents of more than one identifying factor, for example, a combination of race and disability factors.

It is important to note that some hate incidents may not constitute a criminal offence and therefore, will not be recorded as a hate crime, whereas all hate crimes are hate incidents.

Hate crimes and incidents can take many forms, including:


Why Report a Hate Crime?

Hate crime is a violation of personal and civil rights. In order to achieve effective action against hate incidents, they must be reported to the police, council and all other appropriate agencies.

Only if hate crime is reported can we take action to deal with it. No one has the right to harass, threaten or assault anyone because of who they are.

Who can Report a Hate Crime?

Anyone can report hate crime, including:

Any kind of evidence can help us in the process of investigation. In particular, it can help an investigation if you are able to provide:

If you don't have any evidence, we still encourage you to report hate crime.

How to Report a Hate Crime

In an emergency call us on 999 - particularly if an incident is still happening or has just happened.

Callers have the option of reporting an incident anonymously. We encourage victims to provide personal details, which will help us to investigate the incident more thoroughly.

For all non-emergency calls, contact us on 101

Stop Hate UK

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:
Chat on the web:

With a form:
In the post: Stop Hate UK, PO Box 484, Leeds LS7 9BZ
In person at a third party reporting centre in Lincolnshire.

Find out what happens after a call is received on the Stop Hate Line.

Lincolnshire Hate Crime Signposting Centres

There are a number of organisations across Lincolnshire that operate as Hate Crime Signposting Centres. Primarily these centres facilitate the reporting of Hate Crime and Hate Incidents by directing people to the 24 hour Stop Hate Line or Lincolnshire Police, who have responsibility for taking reports and can provide the immediate practical and emotional support required.

Staff within these organisations have an understanding of Hate Crime to a level that allows them to recognise the nature of incidents that are identified by service users, and the knowledge to signpost people to the correct services.

Lincolnshire Hate Crime Signposting Centres include:

Sleaford CVS
Sleaford Volunteer Bureau
Eslaford' Centre, Annexe B
Kesteven Street
NG34 7DT
01529 415417
Lincs 2 Advice
5 Mill House
Carre Street
NG34 7TW
0300 303 8789
Development Plus
The Old Vicarage
Croft Street
01522 533510
Lincs YMCA
Tritton Road
01522 508360
Busy Days Adult Care Centre
Growing Futures Ltd
Queen's Park Community Hub
01522 878112
Lincoln City Council
City Hall
Beaumont Fee
01522 881188
Total Voice
5 Saxilby Enterprise Park
Skellingthorpe Road
01522 706 580
West Lindsey District Council
Guildhall, Marshall's Yard
DN21 2NA
01427 676 676
Boston College
Skirbeck Road
PE21 6JF
01205 365701
Boston Borough Council
Municipal Buildings
West Street
PE21 8QR
01205 314200
Toynton Hall
Toynton All Saints
PE23 5AE
01790 752499

Related documents

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[492kb] Lincolnshire Hate Crime Strategy 2016-18 Lincolnshire Hate Crime Strategy 2016-18

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