Crimestoppers kick off campaign to stop hate crime at football

Game over: Crimestoppers is looking to deal with hate crime at football matches

With discrimination and incidents of hate crime taking place at football matches across the country, Crimestoppers has begun a campaign urging London football fans to take action and report information about crimes 100 per cent anonymously.

The four-week campaign will be delivered mainly on social media will urge fans attending all matches to make a difference by speaking up to make hate crime a thing of the past.

With funding received from The City Bridge Trust, this campaign is part of the Hidden Harms project, a programme of work highlighting to the public the importance of reporting crimes often hidden in plain sight, such as domestic abuse, human trafficking and hate crime.

Alexa Loukas, a manager at Crimestoppers, said: “We believe that football fans of all clubs, regardless of age, disability, gender, race, faith, sexual orientation, or any other identifying feature, should feel safe and welcome attending matches.

“There is no place for discrimination in sport and we want to help make football a more inclusive place for all fans and we are encouraging football supporters to learn the signs to spot around Hate Crime, so that if you do see something, you can speak up and tell us what you know. 100 per cent anonymously – guaranteed.”

To pass on crime information completely anonymously, visit the charity’s website and fill out a simple and secure anonymous online form or call the 24/7 contact centre on freephone 0800 555 111.

Crimestoppers stress that when they have been contacted, no computer IP addresses are ever traced, while their phone lines have no caller display, no 1471 facility and the charity has never traced a call.

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