How Suffolk is supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW

What is #NHCAW?

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#NHCAW stands for National Hate Crime Awareness Week. The week of action takes place between the second to third Saturday in October each year. It aims to bring people together, to stand with those affected by hate crime, to remember those we have lost, and support those who need our ongoing support.

Hate crime social media graphic (2)Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Police are working hard to provide a quality service to victims, their families and the wider community. We work alongside key partners, and communities affected by hate crime to tackle local hate crime issues.

Suffolk has an active Hate Crime Network which brings together a wide range of partners to help support a shared vision of raising awareness of hate crime, encouraging reporting and preventing and challenging prejudices that can lead to acts of hate crime.


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During this week we will be spreading a message of H.O.P.E.

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Further information on hate crime and where to seek help can be found at:

Some of the activities happening in Suffolk during the week, and ways in which you can support hate crime awareness week, include:


Suffolk Hate Crime Vigil 2018
Monday 15 October 2018 18:30pm at St Edmundsbury Cathedral IP33 1LS
Everyone welcome – no need to book

FREE e-learning training for partners to raise awareness of what hate crime is and how it effects communities. Over 200 people have already completed this training – we would love it if even more people could complete it during the week!!

Development of hate crime partnership training: The hate crime network have been successful in receiving a grant from Suffolk Community Foundation, through Suffolk Police & Crime Commissioner’s Fund, to develop and deliver hate crime partnership training. Further developments will be made around releasing this training during the week.

Phoenix Rising, in partnership with Realise Futures, will be delivering workshops across the county to raise awareness of Hate Crime, its impact, how/where to report it and understanding the consequences of Hate Crime.
Contact: Ria Towill –

Our diverse communities coordinators will also be involved this week.  Below are 3 of the meetings/events. There may be more, if so, we will post them here.

Migrant drop in
Run by Gyros – Volunteering matters
15/10/18 at 1000hrs Ginny Shoesmith
Syrian family resettlement group input. Suffolk Refugee support 15/10/18 at 1500hrs Ginny Shoesmith


Ladies group input International Women’s group
Run by Suffolk Refugee Support


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For further information on hate crime or hate crime awareness week please contact:



Drug dealers don’t care – do you?

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The independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers has recently launched a campaign to encourage Ipswich residents to speak up about drug dealing gangs.

The campaign was kick started by a series of advertising on billboards, bus shelters and VIPA Imagephone boxes across Ipswich town centre and was followed by a series of advertising banners on the platforms at Ipswich train station. It continues for the next few months with postcards being put through the letterboxes of Ipswich homes, corex boards and posters being displayed in community areas, Facebook adverts and radio adverts on Town 102.

Campaign Example: Is there a VIPA‘s nest in your community?


The Charity will also be going into local schools and youth clubs this week to tell those aged between 11- 17 about the Crimestoppers youth brand Fearless ( They will be joining forces with the St Giles Trust who will be sending some ex-gang members to recount their experiences and highlight the choices open to them, including giving information anonymously to Fearless.

Ann Scott, Eastern Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, said: “People often ask me why someone would not contact the police if they knew about drug dealing in their community or about someone who carried a knife, or someone who was being sexually exploited by a gang. The fear of a criminal finding out that you have gone to the police about them can paralyse a community. Crimestoppers removes that concern and gives people peace of mind”.

She added: “People should feel safe and secure in their own community. No one has anything to fear by contacting Crimestoppers, as you will remain anonymous. We never ask for your name and no personal details are taken; calls are not recorded, calls/online forms cannot be traced and you will not have to go to court or give a statement to the police. In the 26 years that Crimestoppers has been running we have never broken our promise of anonymity”.

Ipswich Policing Commander Superintendent Louisa Pepper commented: “Although we do not have a significant drug problem in Ipswich, we want to show those who are involved in this activity that it will not be tolerated in Suffolk.  We regularly act on intelligence provided by the local community and are present on the streets to catch offenders red-handed with drugs in their possession.  We recognise the effect this issue can have on a community and the associated crime it can bring along with it. I encourage you to not suffer in silence and give us the vital information to hold drug dealers accountable for their actions.”

The campaign has been funded by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit, which has dedicated resources to combat gang activity. Detective Inspector Graham Smith from ERSOU said: “The message we want to get across is to urge members of the community to speak out about gang crime. Gangs cause misery to communities and often those involved, who can end up with criminal records and reduced prospects in life. We want people to be aware of the dangers and help prevent their loved ones being drawn into gang crime.”

Crimestoppers plays a significant part in the fight against crime. 1,000 people contact the charity every day to give information about crime, which leads to an average of 17 arrests every day.

Members of the public are eligible to claim a reward of up to £1,000 if their information given to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 leads to a successful arrest and charge. They can also complete a ‘giving information’ form on the Crimestoppers website


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Rural Crime – Reporting Suspicious Activity

Suffolk Police rely on information from the local community to help solve crime.  There are a number of ways you can do this:

  • All communities should remain vigilant and report suspicious behaviour to the police
  • Report individuals asking specific questions about, or taking pictures of, a facility or a farm’s processes
  • Report any attempts to purchase fertilisers, diesel, herbicides or pesticides by those not authorised or suspicious individuals
  • Take the registration number of any suspicious vehicles

To report any issues you can do this on-line through ‘Tell the Police’, or if you wish to speak to someone at Suffolk Police, then call the 101 non emergency telephone number.

However in an emergency always call 999

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