Bury Council, GMP and partners took part in a wide range of activities to mark Greater Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week.
The week’s aim was to highlight the issue hate crime, offer support for victims and promote community cohesion.
In total 25 different events and activities took place including the raising of an anti-hate crime flag, special assemblies in primary schools and drama performances in secondary schools, a multi-faith Shabbat meal, stands in both Tesco and Asda, as well anti-Semitic and Islamophobia events.
The week culminated in a large event held in Bury’s Mill Gate centre. This featured street dancers, a graffiti artist, performances by Ramsbottom Learning Centre’s School of Rock, a Punjabi singer, Bollywood dancers, a drama display from Bury College, a live DJ and a media van displaying anti-hate crime messages.
Councillor Sharon Briggs, cabinet member for communities, said: “Everyone, whatever their colour, race or religion, is entitled to respect and freedom from intolerance and bigotry. Events like this are so important in bringing people together, promoting peace and celebrating diversity in our borough, and ensuring that victims receive the support they deserve.”
If you have been a victim of a hate crime you can report it online at www.report-it.org.uk, ring the non-emergency police line 101 or call the police on 999 in an emergency. Further support for victims can be found at www.victimsupport.org.uk
Press release issued: 13 February 2020.