Archives for March 2019

Hate crime: It’s not just offensive. It’s an offence.

People can be cruel to those who are different to them. It could be the way you dress, what you believe in, a disability, or the way you live your life.

Name calling, harassment, threats. In person or online. They might say, ‘It’s just a laugh’, but you don’t find it funny. In fact it can be more than just uncomfortable, it can be scary.

If you feel you’re being targeted for any of these reasons you can do something about it. If you’ve witnessed this sort of behaviour you can do something about it.

The police take hate crimes and hate incidents very seriously. If you’re worried try to talk to someone you trust – a parent, carer, teacher, or a friend.

By reporting a hate crime you can stop it from happening to someone else.

Here’s how to report hate crime:

Call the police on 101

Report it online – click here

Contact Crimestoppers confidentially on 0800 555111 or at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

In an emergency always call 999

Knives Cost Lives

Lancashire Police are supporting a week of action aimed at reducing knife crime. You may have heard lots from friends, and on social media about knives and knife crime across the country. There have been some high profile cases and lots on the news including the recent incident at Runshaw College.
Operation Sceptre, which runs from March 11th to 15th, is a national campaign targeting knife crime and those who carry knives.While Lancashire is not experiencing the same tragic levels of knife crime seen in other parts of the country, we are keen to stress that any incident involving a knife could have deadly consequences and destroy lives. While there is a focus on activity during this week, our commitment to taking knives off the streets will continue longer term and involve schools and colleges, health services and trading standards.
Knife bins are being used at police stations in Blackpool, Burnley, Preston, Morecambe, Fleetwood, Greenbank Blackburn, Chorley and Nelson, during the surrender where people can hand in any knives. There are also two permanent bins at Tanhouse and Digmoor Community Centres in Skelmersdale. Knives need to be safely wrapped in tape and newspaper before putting in the bins. If you have a knife and want to get rid of it please take this opportunity to dispose of it anonymously and safely.
Chief Supt Neil Ashton, joint Head of Crime at Lancashire Constabulary, said: “Too many families have been affected by knife crime and just one person being stabbed is one too many. The consequences of carrying and using a knife is devastating and potentially life-threatening.
“We would encourage anyone with information about knife crime in the area to contact police or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously.”
Find out about Section 60 stop and searches here
There’s lots more on knife crime on Fearless – Crimestoppers young people’s website.
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