News that Great Manchester Police have begun classifying assaults on goths, punks and emos as 'hate crimes' has sparked a debate on Twitter:
Subculture hate crime to be recorded - About time! I was bullied heavily for being a Goth!! R.I.P Sophie Lancaster x http://t.co/ENyRFjOZQz
I don't really think anti-goth "hate crime" is as serious as homophobic or racial abuse tbh
Is being attacked for being a punk or goth a hate crime? Or just a teenage attack. One group attack others, back to mods and rockers times
A prominent musician who says he is often abused for the way he looks has backed a police move to treat attacks on goths as 'hate crimes'.
Greater Manchester Police have begun recording offences against goths, emos and punks as hate crimes.