CHESHIRE Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire John Dwyer wants to raise awareness of hate crime and encourage people to come forward and report it.
Saturday, May 17 is International Day Against Homophobia.
Mr Dwyer said: "Nobody should tolerate being a victim of any type of crime. Protecting victims lies at the heart of my police and crime plan.
"I have a zero tolerance approach to hate crime, and I think we’re only aware of the tip of the iceberg. A lot more incidents are taking place than are being recorded and I would like to encourage anyone who’s been a victim of hate crime to have the confidence to report it, knowing that they will be treated with dignity and respect."
Hate crime is any incident or criminal offence which the victim feels had been motivated by prejudice or hate. This includes prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation or disability.
If you’ve been a victim of hate crime, call Cheshire Police on 101.
There are also community reporting centres all around the county which can help and support you if you do not want to contact the police directly.
Information about these reporting centres can be found at cheshire.police.uk/advice--information/hate-crime/community-reporting-centres.aspx.