National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2016 took place from 8th to 15th October 2016.
It was founded in 2009 to mark the 10th anniversary of the London Nail Bomb attacks in Brixton, South London.
The week is co-ordinated by the 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime Campaign and Stop Hate UK. The three dates above commemorate the dates that the three London nail bombs were planted by David Copeland, a racist homophobe who wanted to target the Black, Asian and Gay communities in Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho. These attacks left 3 people dead and injured over 130 people.
The aim of the week is to raise awareness of ‘local hate crime’ and how this impacts on communities and people’s lives.
At Sefton Secondary PRU we invited Merseyside Police’s ‘Sigma’ team into school to speak to our young people about the effects that hate crime can have upon the community in which they live and how they need to consider their own actions within their community, the seriousness of ‘committing’ a ‘hate crime’ and how they can be arrested and charged for committing such offences.