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In West Yorkshire, bus companies and transport authority Metro are working with the police seeking to increase the reporting of hate crime incidents against drivers and passengers. Safer Transport West Yorkshire, which brings together West Yorkshire Police, the transport authority Metro and bus companies including Arriva and First Buses, aim to encourage people to recognise hate incidents and report them to police.

 

Police and transport providers believe that there is an under-reporting of hate incidents on the county’s buses and have put in place a series of advertisements on buses and at bus stations across West Yorkshire explaining what a hate incident is and calling on anyone affected to contact police.

Sergeant Rachel Claughton is Safer Transport West Yorkshire’s dedicated Liaison Officer.

Sgt Claughton said: “These type of hate incidents often go unreported leaving people to suffer in silence.

“The aim of this campaign is to educate people that any abuse; be it racist, homophobic, religious or any other hate crime is unacceptable and needs to be investigated by the police.

“Hate crimes have a devastating effect on both individuals and communities and I want to be absolutely clear – victims will have the full support of ourselves and that of our transport partners and all incidents will be investigated thoroughly and compassionately. West Yorkshire Police will vigorously pursue those who commit these crimes and do all in our power to bring them before the courts.”


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