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Curry in the Park in Nottingham among events aimed at tackling hate crime

Curry in the Park was among a series of community engagement events held by police and partners as part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

The force worked closely with Nottingham City Council, Victim Care, Mencap and Disability Support throughout the week, which ran from Monday 11 October until Sunday 17 October.

The aim of the week was to highlight the importance of reporting crimes or incidents based on hate and to actively engage with communities.

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Chief Inspector Duncan Southall began the week with a hate crime presentation to the public, with more than 40 attendees joining the online city council-led session. It follows requests for Nottinghamshire Police to deliver more hate crime training to members of the public.

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This followed educational talks and events hosted online and in person, available county-wide, explaining what hate crime is, why it’s important to report it, how to report it and what support is available.

Nottinghamshire Police hate crime officers Marta Bugajska and Lisa Wallis also worked with Nottingham City Council and the Safer Nottinghamshire Board to produce an informative glossary of accessible resources aiming to educate and inspire members of the public to celebrate not only our commonalities but also our differences.

The force’s hate crime team supported numerous events including the Curry in the Park engagement event on Saturday 16 October at Radford Recreation Ground. This event was open to communities and students in the area, featuring a live band and offering free curry and drinks.

The force also supported a community engagement event at Hyson Green Youth Club on Sunday 17 October.

Awareness was also raised on social media, with vital information being shared about where to find additional support.

Nottinghamshire Police is also continuing to work closely with schools and universities to raise awareness of hate crime and encourage people to report it.

Chief Inspector Duncan Southall said: “Hate Crime Awareness Week is a great opportunity to talk openly with our communities, highlight hate crime and encourage reporting.

“We stand together with partners to tackle prejudice and hate-based incidents as our number one priority is making sure the public is safe.

“Nottinghamshire Police is committed to eradicating all forms of hate and prejudice, with the aim of increasing safety for local communities.”

Marta Bugajska, hate crime officer at Nottinghamshire Police, said: “It was great to engage with diverse communities across Nottinghamshire.

“It was fantastic to see people coming together and having honest conversations about their lived experiences and the importance of reporting all incidents based on prejudice.

“Nottinghamshire Police will not tolerate hate crime of any kind and the force will treat any report extremely seriously.”

To report a hate incident, please call 101 and speak to a member of staff who can offer advice and take reports. Anyone not comfortable speaking to someone directly can make a report online via the True Vision website.

In an emergency, always call 999.

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