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Report a Hate Incident

Leeds challenges hate
Challenge it, Report it, Stop it are the three objectives set out in the Safer Leeds Hate Crime strategy. 
 
The Safer Leeds partnership wants to encourage reporting at the earliest opportunity and to prevent hate incidents from escalating into hate crimes.  Whilst we aim to see an increase in the number of incidents recorded, we are also working to drive down the number of hate crimes occurring. 
 
On 11th June, Safer Leeds launches the new strategy to tackle hate crime in our community. We need your support. Look out for events in your area and help to stop hate. Follow us on Twitter @SaferLeeds; #leedschallengeshate Sign up to the Hate Crime Charter.  See the full strategy in the Documents section.
 
What is a hate incident?
 
Any behaviour that you feel is motivated by prejudice can be hate incidents. This can include name calling, mocking, bullying, intimidation and threats. A hate incident is any behaviour which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based upon:
 
  • Disability
  • Race or Ethnicity
  • Religion or Faith
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Identity
 
Report it:
West Yorkshire Police on 101
 
Stop Hate UK, freephone - 24 hour helpline 0800 1381625
 
 
Visit any Hate Incident Reporting Centre. See Documents for the full list of reporting centres in your area.

What is a hate crime or incident?

A hate crime is any criminal offence that is motivated by hostility or prejudice based upon disability, race, religion, faith, sexual orientation and or transgender identity. Hate crimes are investigated by West Yorkshire Police.

For more information please see the leaflets in our Downloads section.

What happens when I report a hate incident?

​Customers will be treated with dignity and respect. We will always offer to speak to you in a place that makes you feel safe, whether in your home, in a public meeting place or at a local cafe. We will treat your information confidentially. We will try to identify and provide for any vulnerabilities or safeguarding needs. We will work with our partners to resolve the problems at the earliest opportunity.

Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team records all hate incidents. When you first report an incident we will ask you how you want us to handle the report. If you would like us to investigate, an officer will arrange to visit you at the earliest opportunity to take further details.  We will arrange to meet you in a place where you feel safe.  We will speak to any other witnesses and gather information. We will try and stop it through intervention and support work but will take legal action where necessary.

You can choose to log the report for information only  If you do this and do not wish any further action to be taken then we will record the incident details and location to be used for monitoring purposes.

Your personal details will remain confidential.

We will liaise with West Yorkshire Police Hate Crime Coordinators to provide the best service for you.

What does the legislation say about Hate Crime?

​It is important to note that there is no ‘hate’ in the definition of hate crime. A person must be motivated by hostility or prejudice.  There is no legal definition of hostility so the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) consider ordinary dictionary definitions which include ill-will, ill-feeling, spite, contempt, prejudice, unfriendliness, antagonism, resentment and dislike. 

Section 146 Criminal Justice Act 2003 (amended by Legal Aid and Prosecution of Offenders Act 2012) applies to offences committed where:

“at the time of committing the offence of immediately before or after doing so, the offender demonstrated towards the victim hostility based on the sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity (or presumed) of the victim”.

OR

“the offence was motivated (wholly or partly) by hostility towards persons who are of a particular sexual orientation, transgender identity or have a disability”

S.28 of Crime & Disorder Act 1998 applies to offences that are racially or religiously aggravated if

“At the time of committing the offence, or before or after doing so, the defendant demonstrates towards the victim hostility based on the victim’s membership (or presumed) of a racial or religious group

OR

“the offence is motivated (wholly or partly) by hostility towards members of a racial/religious group based on their membership of that group (membership can mean association with members of that group).

There are specific offences which can be charged as racially or religiously aggravated which carries an increased sentence.

However, if there is clear evidence of motivation the court can increase sentence for any offence.  There are not specific offences for crimes against people because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. If the CPS can prove that any offence was motivated by hostility towards the victim based on sexual orientation, gender identity or disability, the court must increase the sentence as per s.146 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003.

Where can I report a hate incident?

Online: www.stophateuk.org/tell

By phone: Stop Hate UK, freephone - 24 hour helpline 0800 1381625

West Yorkshire Police 101 In an emergency 999

Dial 18001 before any number for text relay for deaf or hearing impaired.

In person: you can report a hate incident in person at any Hate Incident Reporting Centre. 

Please see the downloads section for a list of hate incident reporting centres in Leeds.

By text: 07717 989025

By email: Complete the 'Hate Incident Reporting Form' in the documents section of this page and email it to: LASBT@leeds.gov.uk

OR email:talk@stophateuk.org

If you are in immediate danger, please dial 999.

What is Mate Crime?

The term ‘Mate Crime’ is being used by some disability organisations to raise awareness. People with learning disabilities are often befriended by people who then exploit them. These are groups and individuals who pretend to be friends but who are really taking advantage of people. Mate Crime or Hate Crime, report it.

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