Hate crime

Hate crime is defined as:

"Any incident, which may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate towards the victim because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender or the fact they have a disability."

Examples of hate crime:

  • Spitting
  • Physical attacks
  • Verbal abuse
  • Damage to property
  • Offensive letters, leaflets, emails and texts
  • Bullying and threats
  • Abusive gestures

Hate incidents and crimes can have a damaging effect on people and on local communities and need to be reported so that others can be protected.

Reporting hate crime

If you feel that you are being targeted in this way or have witnessed a hate crime then you can report the incident to the police. In an emergency always call 999.

You can report hate crime at other reporting centres:


If there is an incident that you feel is a hate crime we can provide support and help to resolve any issues you have as a consequence of experiencing or witnessing incidents.

For further help and advice you can also talk direct to your local Neighbourhood Police Team

  • Leigh - 0161 856 7225
  • Wigan - 0161 856 7124

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