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Football fan arrested for inciting racial hatred

A man has been arrested for inciting racial hatred after he tore pages from a Quran during a Birmingham City and Middlesborough game.

The incident took place on Saturday 7 December at St. Andrew's and was reported to police by a match steward.

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A man has been arrested after pages were torn from the Quran and thrown during @birminghamcity_ & @middlesbroughfc football game in December

The man is now on bail and is banned from attending any football matches, or any cities where Middlesbrough FC are playing.

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Hate crime campaign in Leicester

A campaign has kicked off in Leicester to encourage people to report hate crime incidents.

It has been developed to encourage those who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgendered to come forward.

Leicestershire County Council are coordinating the 'Stop and Tell' campaign in partnership with Leicester LGBT Centre, district and borough councils, Leicestershire Police and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.

Incidents of hate should not be tolerated and everyone who lives, works in or visits Leicestershire has the right to be treated with dignity and respect and to live without fear of hatred.

– Joe Orson, Leicestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Safer Communities

Calls to helpline for hate crime victims increase

Anti hate crime leaflet
Anti hate crime leaflet Credit: ITV Central

Calls to a helpline for victims of hate crime have soared in Nottinghamshire.

Stop Hate UK is a national charity that gives independent and confidential support to victims of hate crime.Victims can report abuse motivated by sexual orientation, gender, disability or ethnicity.

The definition of a hate crime from the Home Office:

'Hate crime' is any notifiable offence committed against a person or property that is motivated by hostility towards someone based on their disability, race, religion, gender-identity or sexual orientation, whether perceived to be so by the victim or any other person.

Of the 43,748 hate crimes that were recorded by the police nationally in 2011/12:

35,816 (82%) were race hate crimes, 1,621 (4%) were religion hate crimes, 4,252 (10%) were sexual orientation hate crimes, 1,744 (4%) were disability hate crimes and 315 (1%) were transgender hate crimes.

Wayne Breach
Wayne Breach Credit: ITV Central

Wayne Breach from Nottingham has been a regular victim of hate crime. The 40-year-old has learning difficulties & often gets verbal abuse from children and adults.

Denise Hickman
Denise Hickman Credit: ITV Central

Denise Hickman is the Assistant Co-ordinator for the 'Smile, Stop Hate Crime' project in Nottinghamshire.

Last year there was a steep rise in the number of calls to the helpline.

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