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Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is helping the region mark National Hate Crime Awareness Week over the next few days (until 17thOctober), including lending support to Bolton’s very first Pride festival.

The Force works hard to tackle hate crime across the region and links in with partners and stakeholders of organisations that support victims to help them access help when they have been victimised or targeted. They have supported Manchester Pride historically as part of Police With Pride.

GMP’s support of Bolton Pride comes just a couple of months after they over-saw Manchester’s most recent event and will see the GMP Pride Network attend with the ‘Rainbow Car’. A candle lit vigil for victims of hate crime is also being held at Bolton Town Hall Square on Sunday 18th at 6pm.

Detective Inspector Charlotte Cadden from GMP’s Bolton team said: “Hate crime ruins many peoples’ lives. We work with partner organisations to raise awareness of what hate crime is and how victims can be supported and we will continue to encourage our communities to challenge it, report it and help us to stop it.

“We want to show Bolton’s LGBT community that we stand with them and we will not tolerate any kind of hate crime towards them, and Pride is the perfect place to do that.”

For more information about hate crime please visit www.gmp.police.uk/hatecrime. To report a hate crime call GMP on 101 or 999 in emergencies. You can report a hate crime or a hate incident online – visit www.report-it.org.uk . You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to report any information you might have about crime anonymously.

Source- Greater Manchester Police