A rallying call for Melton people to ‘say no to hate’ is being made through an awareness-raising campaign being launched on Monday.
Leicestershire Police, Leicestershire County Council and the county’s district and borough councils have united to raise awareness of the ‘Stamp it out - respect difference, say no to hate’ initiative.
Posters will be displayed in libraries and other venues and other activities will include road shows and school workshops and assemblies.
Hate incidents and crimes can be physical, written or verbal abuse and anyone can be a victim if they feel they have been targeted because of their race, religion, belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age.
The week-long campaign is urging anyone who has been a victim of a hate crime or who has witnessed a hate incident to report it by calling (0116) 305 8263 or visiting www.leics.gov.uk/reporthate where you can also watch a short film about hate crime.
Alternatively you can visit your local council office or library - which are reporting centres for hate incidents. In an emergency you should always call the police on 999.
Detective Superintendent Jon Brown, from Leicestershire Police’s Serious Crime Team, said: “We know hate crimes and incidents don’t just impact on the victim but also on family, friends and the wider community.
“By working in partnership with council colleagues we will send a very clear message that there’s no place for hate crime in Leicestershire.”