Hate Crime

Hate Crime is any incident, which may constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate because of a person’s:

  • Race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality or national origins, including gypsies and travellers
  • Religion or faith, including no faith
  • Gender or gender identity, including transphobia – resentment or fear of transgender people or transvestites
  • Disability – any physical, sensory or mental impairment whether short or long-term. Includes learning disability or difficulty.
  • Sexual orientation, including homophobia – resentment or fear of gay, lesbian or bi-sexual people. Also resentment or hatred of heterosexual people.

Hate crime can take many forms including:

  • Physical attacks – such as physical assault, damage to property,offensive graffiti, neighbour disputes and arson.
  • Threat of attack – including offensive letters, abusive or obscene telephone calls and other intimidating behaviour as groups or individuals.
  • Verbal abuse or insults, abusive gestures.
  • Other abuse – offensive leaflets and posters, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes, unfounded and malicious complaints and bullying at home, online, in school or in the workplace.

Reporting Hate Crime

You can report hate crime or hate incidents straight to Essex Police, via a community Hate Incident Reporting Centre or online via the True Vision website.

You can also report crime anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Essex Police Hate Crime Officer

If you want to speak with the Essex Police Hate Crime Officer for Southend please email James.Swatton@essex.pnn.police.uk.

Follow James on twitter @EPJamesSwatton

In an emergency always dial 999. To report non-emergency crimes call 101.

You can obtain further Hate Crime information from

Essex Police