Hotline to tackle hate crime

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Police, local authorities and a national charity have joined forces to support victims of ‘hate crime’ in Oxfordshire.

A new hotline has been commissioned through the Stop Hate UK charity for people to report incidents in circumstances where they feel unable to report them to police. Callers will be offered help from organisations such as the police, but can remain anonymous and choose whether or not a referral is made on their behalf.

Councillor Tony Ilott, Cherwell District Council’s lead member for public protection, said: “We want every person, regardless of gender, race, religion, disability or sexuality, to live their life free from prejudice and hatred and this is another way of 
working to make that happen.”

The 24-hour hotline is available on 0800 1381625, or by text on 07717 989025.