Since the EU referendum results were announced last Friday, there's been a barrage of hate crimes and racist attacks reported in the media across the UK. In London, the Polish Social and Cultural Association in Hammersmith was covered in xenophobic graffiti, while German-made cars have been vandalised with Swastikas. According to the National Police Chiefs’ Council, there has been a 57 percent increase in hate crimes reported to True Vision, a police-funded website to help tackle hate crime, compared to this time last month.
While this figure only accounts for one way of reporting hate crime, it's still a pretty depressing figure. If you've been a victim of a hate crime, or if you've witnessed one, here's how you can report it:
By phone: call 999 in an emergency, or 101 in a non-emergency.
At a police station: find your local station here.
Online: fill in this form and it will be forwarded immediately to the relevant police force for investigation.
Community monitoring groups: you should report all hate crimes to the police, but you can also use community reporting methods such as Tell MAMA for anti-Muslim incidents or the CST for anti-semitism.
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