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New rainbow police car helps force 'Police with Pride'

The new rainbow police car. Credit: Merseyside police.

Merseyside Police have repainted one of their patrol cars in the colours of the rainbow.

It's part of their 'Police with Pride' initiative which aims to increase awareness and reporting of hate crime.

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The car will also be used at a variety of community events including LGBT events such as Liverpool Pride, International Day Against Homophobia Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) events and Homotopia to represent the force.

"While it’s out and about on the roads of Merseyside, it is hoped the car will grab the attention of everyone who sees it.

"We know hate crime in all its forms is under-reported. We believe any step that shows in a visible way that we support those members of our communities most likely to be the victims of hate crime is a positive one. "

– Assistant Chief Constable Julie Cooke, Merseyside Police