Reporting Hate Crime

Hate crime comes in many forms. It is any crime committed against a person or property that is perceived, by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate. Racist and homophobic crime, and domestic abuse are all forms of hate crime.

A hate crime can be based on any of the following:

  • Race
  • Sexual orientation
  • Faith/ belief
  • Disability

Some examples of hate incidents:

  • Graffiti or Arson
  • Making nuisance or abusive phone calls 
  • Abusive remarks and calling someone names
  • Someone attacking, hitting, spitting or throwing things at someone
  • Domestic Violence
  • Someone making threats or intimidating
  • Sending you nasty letters, e-mails or text messages
  • Someone inciting people to commit hate incidents against others - this can include articles in newspapers    

Allerdale Borough Council in partnership with Cumbria Police, has opened up its Reception points to enable the general public to report hate crime incidents anonymously and in confidence. The third party reporting centres have been selected as safe, neutral places where people can report a hate crime as a victim, witness or third party without them having to visit a police station.

Why it is important to report hate crime


The police and local authorities need to know the number, type and range of hate crimes that take place in the Allerdale area. Reporting these crimes will help us to identify where the problem areas are, and how to improve services to deal with crime.

Report a hate crime incident anonymously


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0303 123 1702

Allerdale Borough Council
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