Venues sign up to police campaign

Venues across south east Northumberland have signed up to become Safe Reporting Centres encouraging victims and witnesses of disability hate crime to report incidents.

The venues all support Northumbria Police’s campaign ‘It’s Never Too Late…End Disability Hate’ which started one year ago and is aimed at encouraging safe reporting of disability hate crime.

Safe Reporting Centres were set up across the force area as part of the campaign, and offer an alternative method for people to report incidents or contact police somewhere they feel comfortable.

They also compliment other third party reporting schemes such as True Vision, offering an online facility to report incidents.

Chief Inspector Jackie Coleman said: “We are delighted that so many venues have signed up to become Safe Reporting Centres. There are now more than 90 centres across the force area which means anyone travelling in Northumberland or Tyne and Wear has access to a centre should they want to report an incident.”

Safe Reporting Centres in south east Northumberland include: Cramlington, Seaton Valley, Bedlington, Morpeth and Seaton Sluice libraries, Castle Morpeth Disability Association, Northumberland County Blind Association, Guidepost Medical Group, Bedlington Salvation Army, Ashington Leisure Centre, Ashington Community Development Trust, Ashington YMCA, Blyth Star Enterprises Ltd, Briardale Centre, Blyth Disabled Forum, Isabella Centre, Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project, and Azure Charitable Enterprises.

Visit www.northumbria.police.uk/hatecrime for details.