Police use technology to tackle rise in hate crime

Hate crime on the rise in the North West and across the UK

Police are joining forces with community groups and using technology in a bid to tackle a rise in hate crime.

Hate crime on Merseyside rose by 15% following the Brexit referendum result in 2016.

That figure is not as high as the 29% rise nationally but police are on alert for more incidents as the Brexit deadline approaches.

Virtual reality headsets to show what it's like to be victim of abuse
Virtual reality headsets to show what it’s like to be victim of abuse Credit: ITV Granada

In Manchester, police are using technology to tackle the problem

This virtual reality headset shows what its like to be a victim of abuse.

It was the brainchild of Fatiha.

I’ll get people shouting at me, throwing things at me, trying to pull off my hijab.

It’s something as a visibly identifiable Muslim hijabi woman that you suffer every day.

– FATIHA

Dave Kelly was targeted because he is blind.
Dave Kelly was targeted because he is blind. Credit: ITV Granada

Dave Kelly from Liverpool was the target of a hate crime for being blind.

He set up Daisy Inclusive UK to help others, after the incidents escalated.

One day my house was set on fire. The fire service had to come and rescue me.

I never even thought it was a hate crime at the time. I just thought this is what happens when you’re disabled.

It was only after I had my little dream about Daisy, set it up and spoke to many, many disabled people that it dawned on me.

This is happening to an awful lot of disabled people.

– DAVE KELLY, FOUNDER OF DAISY INCLUSIVE

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