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Tackling disability hate crimes

A centre for adults with learning disabilities has teamed up with the police and local schools to highlight the damaging impact of hate crime.

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Combating hate crime in Cumbria

With disability hate crimes on the rise in Cumbria, a day centre for adults with learning difficulties is highlighting just how damaging and serious the issue can be.

Last year 48 disability hate crimes were reported to Cumbria Police - more than double the number in the previous 12 months.

So to combat this growing problem The Heathlands Project near Carlisle has teamed up with the police to take the anti-hate crime message into local schools.

Today a session was delivered at William Howard School in Brampton to teach pupils what hate crime is and how and why it can have such a devastating impact.

Heathlands Project users have also been speaking about their experiences of hate crime.

"A youth walking along the street tried to fiddle with my wheelchair controls. He then tipped my chair backwards and I hit my head on the pavement.

"It's wrong - everyone who witnesses hate crime or experiences hate crime should report it to the police."

– Hate crime victim and Heathlands Project visitor Steve Woodburn

For more help, information and support on dealing with hate crime take a look at the following links.

https://www.facebook.com/The.Heathlands.Project

http://www.stophateuk.org/

https://www.gov.uk/report-hate-crime

Hate crime victim Steve Woodburn Credit: ITV Border

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