Mobile phones used to tackle hate crimes

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POLICE have launched a new mobile phone app specifically for victims of hate crime.

Hampshire Constabulary has developed the free, easy-to-download technology to encourage people to report hate crime.

It includes facts and figures and was originally put together as a booklet.

The app – which is available for iPhones and Android phones – has detailed information about crimes targeting a victim’s race, sexual orientation, transgender identity, disability, religion, age or refugee or asylum status.

PC Ahmed Sasso developed the idea. He said: ‘The communities we serve across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are diverse and the app is another tool to help us connect with them.

‘The idea is to provide information in one handy place about hate crimes including how to report them, how to stay safe and what support is available for victims.’

He added: ‘We treat all reports of a hate crime or hate incident very seriously.

‘They’re cowardly and unacceptable crimes which can affect not only the victim but also their family, friends and, in certain cases, a whole section of a community.’

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