Tackling hate crime

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AN event set up to prevent and tackle hate crime is being held in Hartlepool next week.

The free event – DISH (Diversity Information of Services in Hartlepool) – is on Saturday, November 17, from 11am-3pm in the St Joseph’s Parish Centre, off Hutton Avenue.

Among the speakers and topics will be Inspector Paul Haytack of Cleveland Police, Hartlepool Council’s community safety manager Sally Forth and Soraya Azam of Cleveland Police.

There will also be information stands run by a range of local organisations including Harbour, Victim Support and FISH.

There is also a lighter side to the event with a range of activities including a fashion show featuring designs from around the globe, a buffet featuring foods from several continents, complementary therapies, plus fun for children as well.

Irene Cross, the council’s neighbourhood development officer (south and central), said: “Hate crime can happen to anyone, irrespective of their ethnic background, gender, age, sexuality or physical or mental condition and working in partnership with other organisations across the town we are determined to stamp it out.

“This event is a great opportunity for people right across the community to find out about all the help and support which is available to them.”

For catering purposes, anyone who wants to attend the event is asked to please contact Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency by Friday, November 9, on (01429) 262641 or e-mail p.gowland@hvda.co.uk.