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Barnet Council holds hate crime awareness events
Barnet Council has held a week of events to highlight the support on offer to vulnerable people who experience hate crimes.
To coincide with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day yesterday the council held a week of activities for those at risk of falling victim to hate crime.
It ran awareness sessions for older people, people with mental health problems and people with disabilities with the aim of ensuring they feel equipped to report crimes.
The events reminded vulnerable people that they can always call a 24-hour Barnet Hate Crime Reporting Line if they are not inclined to call police.
Councillor Sachin Rajput, cabinet member for adults, said: “Hate crime often goes unreported but I hope raising awareness of the issue and the support on offer can help to change that.
“For those who feel they cannot approach the police directly there are a number of third party reporting sites which have trained staff who are able to offer support.”
Barnet residents can contact the 24 hour Barnet Hate Crime Reporting Line on 020 8359 5620.