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Support offered to night time victims of hate crime in Gateshead

Posted on Wednesday 18 October 2017

A hate crime awareness and support drop in event has been organised this week by Gateshead Council, for people who can be at risk of hate crimes due to working at night.

This week is National Hate Crime Awareness Week and on Friday, 20 October, police and Gateshead Council have organised an informal drop in session at Gateshead Civic Centre, for anyone who works in the borough at night and who is worried about being exposed to hate incidents.

Those who work in the night-time economy are thought to be particularly prone to hate crime incidents as they frequently experience fraught and difficult situations when dealing with drunk and abusive customers. These include taxi drivers, restaurant workers and takeaway owners who are left feeling especially vulnerable to racial harassment while carrying out their jobs.

The drop in event will take place in the Lamesley Room, Gateshead Civic Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead between 1pm and 3.30pm.

Anyone coming along will have the chance to speak to the council’s Community Safety Team and Northumbria Police about what is being done to raise awareness of - and tackle - hate crime. They will be offering support to victims of hate crime as well as encouraging people to report it.

The night time economy covers a wide range of activities that includes pubs and bars, cafes, restaurants, cinemas, taxi drivers, public transport drivers and the retail industry – all of which combine to provide services to the public after dark and often with alcohol involved.

If anyone is interested in learning more about the support offered to victims of hate crime, or wants to know more about reporting it, but is unable to attend the event on Friday, please contact Steven Kelly, Gateshead Council’s Community Safety Team on 0191 433 2701 or