Bury has joined partners across Greater Manchester to take a stand against hate crime as part of a week of action to raise awareness, challenge perceptions and promote tolerance and respect.
The fifth annual Greater Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week runs from 6-12 February and is supported by police, local authorities, communities and other partner and voluntary agencies.
Tomorrow (Wednesday 8 Feb), a display van with the main campaign messages will touring Bury at the following locations:
- Bury Town Hall – 8.45-9.45am
- Bury CE High School – 9.30-9.45am
- Broad Oak High School – 10-10.15am
- St Luke’s CE Primary School – 10.30-10.45am
- Philips High School, Whitefield – 11-11.15am
- Prestwich Arts College – 11.30-11.45am
- The Rock, Bury – 12-1pm
- Woodhey High School – 1.30-1.45pm
- Redvales area – 2.15-2.45pm
- Radcliffe area – 2.45-3.15pm
Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Hate crime destroys lives and divides communities. It has no place in Greater Manchester – a proud, diverse region that welcomes people who stand for hope, not for hate, no matter who they are, where they’re from, who they love or what they believe.
“This week is a powerful show of what can be achieved when we all stand together against hatred and prejudice, bringing communities together to celebrate our diversity and encourage tolerance and respect.”
Councillor Tamoor Tariq, Bury Council’s cabinet member for communities and safer neighbourhoods, said: “Hate crime and any acts of intimidation or hostility are often targeted at more vulnerable people in our communities and such acts are never acceptable.
“We should all be able to live our lives without fear and intimidation. Victims should never feel that they have to deal with things alone. Support is available and I would encourage people to always report any incidents.”
To report hate crime and find out what’s happening in your area to tackle it, visit www.letsendhatecrime.com. You can also report it by calling police on 101.
Get involved in the conversation on social media by following #westandtogether.
Press release issued: 7 February 2017.