Radio shows to tackle hate crimes

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An anti-hate crime group has joined forces with community radio station Secklow Sounds to produce a series of radio shows on the topic.

The MK Anti-Hate Crime Group has been involved with the shows, each of which will cover a different strand of hate crime.

Hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s real or perceived disability, race, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation.

It ranges from name calling and physical abuse to criminal damage or harassment.

Hate crime reduction manager and prevent co-ordinator, Hannah O’Neill, said: “Hate crime is recognised as a serious crime yet it is incredibly under reported.

“We are hoping these radio shows will raise awareness and encourage people to let us know it is happening.”

The shows involve a panel of representatives from communities around the city answering questions from an audience.

The five-part ‘Hate Crimes’ series is scheduled for broadcast at 7pm on Thursdays, and kicked off last week (May 9), as part of the ‘Insight’ programme.

It will also be available for on-demand listening and download from the Secklow Sounds website at www.secklowsounds.org