HATE crime is being tackled under a new initiative, police have revealed.
Simon Hayes, police and crime commissioner for Hampshire, is launching the Hate Crime Action Group on Wednesday.
Working with a range of agencies he hopes it will increase awareness of the type of crime.
He said: ‘As part of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Hate Crime Action Group, I intend to work in partnership to send out a strong message that committing a crime against someone because of their disability, gender-identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation is a disgraceful act and a crime that is unacceptable here in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
‘We know hate crime is under-reported and I want to encourage victims to come forward and report their experience to the police. We know hate crime is prevalent in society and I want victims to have the confidence to come forward and tell us what has happened to them and to feel confident that something will be done about it.’
He is due to launch the group at the All Inclusive Empowerment Fayre in Portsmouth.