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Hate Incidents

A hate incident is any incident targeted at a person where they are seen or believed to be different, this may be motivated by: 

  • alternative sub-culture (see definition below)
  • disability
  • gender identity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation

It is called a hate crime, if the incident is a criminal offence. 

If you know of any incident you think is hate related, you should report it.  

[Definition: alternative sub-culture means a discernible group that is characterised by a strong sense of collective identity and values and taste e.g. Goths, Emos, Punks, Metallers and some variants of hippie and dance culture.]

Types of hate incidents

An incident may be physical, verbal or written and can take many forms including:

  • Physical attack: such as physical assault, damage to property
  • Threat of attack: abusive or obscene calls or letters
  • Verbal abuse or insults
  • Offensive leaflets and posters, hate mail, abusive gestures
  • Dumping of rubbish outside homes
  • Harassment, bullying or victimisation

For more detail on how we manage reports please take a look at the ASB Booklet below.

Report a hate incident

You can report a hate incident involving yourself or someone else by contacting: 

Tel: 0116 3058263

Website: www.leicestershire.gov.uk/hate-incidents (click on Hate Incident Report Form)

Alternatively you can speak to a member of the Community Safety Team at the Council Offices on Southfields Road, Loughborough, or visit any of these reporting centres: 

https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/community-safety/hate-incidents.

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Interpretation and translation

For information on what support we offer, please visit our interpretation and translation webpage.

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