The EDP says...We must stop the growth of hate crimes
PUBLISHED: 16:38 02 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:38 02 November 2017
Hate crimes are heinous attacks which not only destroy lives, but also communities.
There should not, nor cannot, be any place for these vile crimes in any civilised society.
But sadly hate crimes are on the rise, not only across the UK but in Norfolk too.
Figures obtained from a Freedom of Information (FOI) request show that between July and September last year 130 hate crimes were reported to Norfolk police - 25pc increase on the number from April to June.
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It is a worrying trend which might get worse yet amid the current climate of almost daily atrocities carried out in cities across the globe.
These attacks, both at home and abroad, seem only to fuel the ignorances and prejudices which act as a catalyst for hate crimes.
Anything that can be done to encourage those who suffer it to come forward and report it must be welcomed.
The Stop Hate Crime in Norfolk initiative is a case in point.
Launched today, it aims to develop a county-wide network of locations where people can report hate crimes. Those who want to get involved can support the campaign by signing up to be third-party reporting centres with staff given training by police.
The scheme could give members of minority groups who might not trust the police for whatever reason the confidence to come forward. Only by reporting these offences can those responsible can be caught, punished and hopefully rehabilitated.