Victim of hate crime? Record it on video

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VIDEO booths are being used to record the impact of disability hate crime.

They are part of Northumbria Police’s “It’s Never Too Late…End Disability Hate” campaign, giving people the opportunity to talk about how being a victim impacted on their life.

A travelling booth was placed in six locations across the force area, including Sunderland.

Clubs and groups for people with disabilities were invited to use it, regardless of whether the crime had been reported. The recordings will be used as part of a wider project aimed at showing the real impact of disability hate crime.

They will also be used to encourage greater reporting of disability hate crime.

The force’s campaign was launched last year to help improve hate crime reporting.

Detective Chief Inspector Jackie Coleman said: “The video booths have been really popular, giving people of all ages the chance to tell how disability hate crime and antisocial behaviour made them feel.

“Not only has this project given people the opportunity to talk about the impact of crime, it’s also given us the chance to share those thoughts and feelings.”

She added: “We hope people’s real stories will make offenders think about the consequences of their actions and the real hurt and upset their actions can cause.”