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The Crane Project  This project came about as NIFF wanted to practically respond to the concerns members were raising about hate crime towards faith communities.  After receiving funding from Northampton Borough Council NIFF is working in partnership with Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council to increase awareness and reporting of hate crime in Northampton.  Luisa Jepson, the project coordinator, will be working with volunteers in faith communities and voluntary organisations to take reports of hate crime, access emotional and practical support and ensure victims have confidence to report to the police.  The reports will also be used to gain a true picture of hate crime in Northampton to provide statutory agencies, such as the police and councils, a focus on how they need to tackle hate crime in the town.  

Why Cranes? Members of NIFF have been making peace cranes and thought it was appropriate to have a symbol of peace to counteract the hate in this world.  We made 1000 Peace Cranes and these are now displayed at The Market Sanctuary meditation centre, Simon De Senlis Court, Northampton.

What is a hate crime or incident?

There are many technical definitions of what constitutes a hate crime or incident, but simply put if someone makes you feel frightened, embarrassed, ashamed, hurt or upset because of the way you look, your faith or religion, your ethnicity or nationality, gender and transgender identity, sexuality or disability then it is important that this is recorded as part of this community project.

Examples of incidents that people may experience are

  • rude or offensive language used towards you
  • being ignored or treated ‘differently’ to other people
  • abusive gestures or actions eg. blocking your way
  • spitting
  • verbal or written threats
  • bullying, including children at school
  • harassment (ongoing threatening/aggressive behaviour)
  • offensive letters or e-mails
  • abusive or threatening phone calls or texts
  • abusive or threatening messages on social media
  • malicious complaints
  • physical attacks, which can include a minor push as well as more serious assaults
  • damage to a victim's house, shed, car or any other property they own
  • offensive graffiti or posters
  • rubbish thrown in to a garden or dumped near to a home
  • eggs or stones thrown at a house
  • offensive or dangerous substances posted through letterboxes
  • arson

 

Where can I report a hate crime or incident? The project plans to roll out reporting locations to as many places as possible across Northampton.  As new locations join their details will be published below.  

If you would like to report a non urgent incident you have been involved in or have witnessed you can also call Luisa on 07757 020346 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Faith and community groups supporting this project:

  • Pearls of Peace
  • Siri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, St Georges Street, Northampton
  • RBN Gurdwara Sahib, Cromwell Street, Northampton
  • Northampton Hebrew Congregation
  • Chai and Chat
  • Learning Disability Partnership Board
  • Northampton Borough Council Forum's

 

In an emergency always call 999.  You can also report to the police on 101 in a non emergency or online at http://www.report-it.org.uk/home

Further information about how the Police and County Council respond to hate crime can be found here;

http://www.northants.police.uk/page/hate-crime

http://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/en/councilservices/Community/cs/Pages/hate-crime.aspx

 

 

 

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