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Police receive 563 racist hate incident reports in six months

Published 10/10/2016

Society has a duty to protect its more vulnerable communities, said Superintendent Hilman
Society has a duty to protect its more vulnerable communities, said Superintendent Hilman

More than 500 racist hate incidents were reported to police in Northern Ireland during the last six months.

A total of 350 were recorded as offences.

PSNI superintendent Paula Hilman said: " Behind each of these statistics is a victim."

Police launched a new video to coincide with Hate Crime Awareness Week.

The footage, which is narrated by a victim, tells of the personal impact of racial hate crime and discrimination and the shattering and distressing effect on her life.

Police received reports of 563 hate incidents with a racist motivation between April 1 and October 1.

Supt Hilman said: "We want people to stop, think and consider the impact their actions can have on individuals' lives.

"Racial hate crime, as all types of hate crime, is unwarranted and unacceptable. It can cause long lasting damage and there is absolutely no place for threats and intimidation in Northern Ireland."

She added: "As a society we have a duty to protect our more vulnerable communities. We have a responsibility to ensure that people from all backgrounds live in a society where they feel safe and accepted.

"I cannot emphasise enough how vital information and public support is to us in order to make arrests and obtain prosecutions."

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