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Racist and religious hate crime awareness day in Kendal

A number of forces are joining together to raise awareness of racist and religious hate crime in Cumbria.

The Crown Prosecution Centre (CPS) has teamed up with Cumbria Police and AWAZ Cumbria to hold a special conference in Kendal.

The event, being held at the Castle Green Hotel, is aimed at giving people a better understanding of what racist and religious hate crimes are.

There were almost 100 racist or religious hate crime prosecutions in Cumbria in the past year, and nearly 90% of these ended in successful prosecution.

" I am delighted that the CPS is working in partnership with Cumbria Police and AWAZ Cumbria to raise awareness about racist and religious hate crime in the county.

"The CPS takes racist and religious hate crime extremely seriously and we are determined to bring those who commit these crimes to justice.

“The effects of hate crime are far reaching and they can cause long lasting harm. They are not only extremely distressing for the victim, but for families and communities as well."

– Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor