Police chief promises hate crime crackdown after shocking abuse figures

Barry Coppinger speaking at the launch of the Hartlepool restore Project
Barry Coppinger speaking at the launch of the Hartlepool restore Project
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A POLICE chief pledged to crack down on hate crime in Hartlepool following a study by council bosses.

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger attended an Audit and Governance Committee meeting at the Civic Centre, with Chief Superintendent Gordon Lang.

Hartlepool Borough Council staff had carried out a survey on hate crime - offences against minority groups.

Out of 155 town people surveyed, 43 per cent said they had been a victim of hate crime,.

Of those who had been victims, seventy-three per cent suffered verbal abuse, while 42 per cent suffered ‘physical or intimidation hate crime’.

Forty-three per cent had reported the crimes but 37 per cent had not, with 29 per cent of those saying they felt there was no point because they would not be taken seriously.

And 17 per cent of those said they did not believe the police would do anything about it.

Mr Coppingre told the meeting, which was attended by representatives of minority groups and councillors, that all matters of hate crime were taken seriously.

He added: “Police officers are given rigorous training on hate crime and I have done awareness-raising event sin the past which I think we should revisit again this year.”