Merseyside MP Luciana Berger
urges victims to not suffer in silence
MERSEYSIDE MP Luciana Berger has joined
Merseyside Police in urging victims of hate crime to not suffer in silence, but
come forward and report it. As part of national Hate Crime Awareness Week, which
is taking place this week, the Labour MP, for Wavertree has spoken about being a
victim of hate crime and being targeted because of her Jewish background.
Merseyside Police takes the issue of hate crime very seriously and the purpose
of hate crime awareness week is to educate people about what constitutes a hate
crime and encourage them to come forward if they have been a victim so prompt
action can be taken.
Talking about being a victim of hate crime, in a video interview, Ms Berger
said:- "It makes me feel pretty bad. It's a very difficult thing to go
through. You are attacked because of something you can't change, by way of how
you are born; whether it is your gender or because of a disability or your race
or religion. To be attacked in that way and to be really targeted was awful and
also because other people don't know it is happening. More often than not you
experience it alone and that can be hard and then when your family find out
about it it's difficult for them as well because they are concerned about your
safety and wellbeing and they shoulder that pain and upset as well. I think it
is really important that people know what hate crime is, the different forms it
can take. It can take place in many different ways and most people don't know
what it is. It bothers me that some people could have been affected so
negatively; as I know that I have been; by that type of crime and essentially
suffer alone. I think it is so important that people know about hate crime and
have the confidence to know if they come forward someone is going to support you
and something will be done. I know from my own experience if you come forward,
there are many different ways you can report hate crime. It doesn't have to be
with the police. There are many opportunities within the community, be that a
Citizens Advice Bureau or a local Hospital or community group, knowing that it
will be treated seriously and action will be taken. I know from my own
experience that the police have been really dedicated to ensure that those types
of crimes are considered like every other crime, very seriously, and people are
pursued to hold them to account for their actions. My message for any victim is
I know what it feels like. I've been at the receiving end of many incidents of
hate crime and I've been supported by the police through that and it's been to
court and people have been convicted for those offences. I want people to have
the confidence that they can come forward. Action will be taken. The courts do
take this seriously and the perpetrators of these crimes will be held to account
and that is what is so important. I think it is really important to raise as
much awareness of hate crime as possible, because it takes so many different
forms and can affect so many different groups of people. It is not just about
racist hate crime; you can be attacked because of your religion, if you have a
disability, because of your sexuality, because of your gender. I don't want
anyone to suffer in silence. There is support out there, you will be taken
seriously. It might take a family member to hear about hate crime awareness week
to understand what it means and what can be done about it, or a friend or a
neighbour to extend that support and that information to anyone that might be
suffering to know that if they come forward something will be done."
Assistant Chief Constable Ian Critchley said:- "Hate crime comes in a lot of
different guises, but we recognise the impact that it has on individuals and
communities. Hate Crime Awareness week is about raising awareness of what hate
crime is and letting victims know that we are committed to supporting victims
and bringing offenders to justice. We are grateful that Luciana Berger has been
so upfront in talking about her experiences and encouraging people to come
forward in confidence that their report will be taken seriously. Nobody should
have to live in fear of abuse or intimidation because of who they are. We work
closely with a number of partner agencies to help give people the confidence to
report if they are a victim and there are a number of 3rd party reporting
centres across Merseyside, such as:- Fire Stations, Citizens Advice bureaus and
Hospitals, where people may feel more comfortable discussing the issue with an
Anyone who has been a victim of hate crime can contact Merseyside Police on:-
101 also 999 in an emergency or the Crimestoppers line anonymously on:- 0800 555
111. Stop Hate UK can also be contacted by calling:- 0800 138 1625.
Attempted robbery in
Virginia Street, Southport
MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for
information after an attempted robbery that took place, in Southport, on
Wednesday, 12 October 2016. At around 7.20pm, a call was received stating that a
masked male had entered a shop on Virginia Street, in possession of a gun and
made threats towards a customer, before making off empty handed. CCTV and
witness enquiries are ongoing.
The male is described as white, 14 to 15 years old, 5ft 10in, wearing a red or
pink sports style hooded jacket, what has been described as a Spiderman mask,
and dark bottoms and trainers. The gun is described as a BB style handgun,
possibly an imitation weapon.
Detective Inspector Robbie Moss from Sefton CID said:- "Those in the shop
were unhurt but understandably distressed to be threatened with what had the
appearance of a firearm, regardless of whether it was real or fake. I would
appeal to anyone in the Virginia Street area around 7.20pm who saw the offence
or a masked male acting suspiciously is urged to contact police, as any detail
could be key to our investigation. We have spoken with the owners and staff to
offer reassurance but I want to assure all businesses that we will do everything
possible to identify this offender and bring him to justice, and ensure Sefton
is a safe place to live, work and visit."
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Sefton CID on:- 0151
777 3844, call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.
Man arrested and scooter
seized in Netherton
MERSEYSIDE Police have arrested a 17
year old male and recovered a scooter following an incident in Netherton, on
Saturday, 8 October 2016. Officers on patrol saw a scooter being ridden by 2
males in the Marian Square area, at around 7.45pm. The scooter mounted the
pavement and was driven at speed on pedestrian walkways. Further patrols were
dispatched and the offenders abandoned the scooter and made off on foot. A 17
year old male from Netherton was arrested a short time later on suspicion of
taking a motor vehicle without consent, dangerous driving and failing to stop.
Anyone with information on scrambler bikes and scooters being ridden anti
socially or information on where they are being stored is urged to call:- 101 or
Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.
Councillor Tom Crone calls
on Mayor to apologise to heritage campaigners
THE leader of the Green Party group on
Liverpool City Council, Councillor Tom Crone' has called on the Mayor, Joe
Anderson to apologise to heritage campaigners for his reported comments in the
Guardian newspaper. "Mayor Anderson has resorted to name calling in his
attempt to steamroller his views over those of others. Referring to people who
are genuinely concerned about protecting the important heritage of our City, as
Luddites is unacceptable and he should withdraw the comments and apologise.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Many people in this City are concerned
that there is far too much student accommodation being built and that Lime
Street is being wrecked by the massive new tower blocks that are proposed. Even
the City's status as a World Heritage Site is under threat, so there are genuine
reasons for people to oppose these developments. The comments from Joe Anderson,
or anyone in a position of power, are a step too far in this debate and should
be withdrawn immediately." said Councillor Crone.
12 year old arrested on
suspicion of theft of cycles
MERSEYSIDE Police have
confirmed that a 12 year old boy, from Birkdale, has been arrested on
suspicion of theft of cycles. Sefton Neighbourhood officers
carried out searches at addresses in Southport, which led to the
recovery of 3 pedal cycles:-
► A red and black 'X-rated Quarter'
► A green BMX, sprayed black.
► A purple mountain bike, sprayed black.
Enquiries are ongoing to establish the
origins of these bikes, and an image of the red and black BMX is
attached. The boy has been released pending further enquiries. Anyone
with information is asked to call Southport Neighbourhood on:- 0151 777
3 442, or call:- 101, plus you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously
on:- 0800 555 111.