The Solicitor General will encourage victims to report hate crimes during a visit to Crown Prosecution Service offices in Newcastle.
Hate crime is defined as any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race, religion, sexual orientation or disability as well as any crime motivated by a hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender.
The Solicitor General is also participating in a hate crime roundtable discussion with organisations from the local community including Senior Prosecutors, Police representatives and local Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel members.
Solicitor General Robert Buckland said:
“We need to ensure that victims of hate crimes are confident that these offences will be investigated and prosecuted and that they are properly supported throughout this process. I encourage anyone who is a victim of hate crime to report it to the police immediately.”
“The Government is taking action against hate crime at every level. Only a fortnight ago we released the Hate Crime Action Plan which included £2.4 million in funding to provide security measures and equipment for vulnerable places of worship that need increased protection.”
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