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Swinton Lions launch Greater Manchester Anti- Hate Crime Week 2023

01 February 2023

Swinton Lions and our fans stand against hate crime. Please join us on Sunday 3pm @ Heywood Rd, Sale M33 3WB to show your support and stand united against all types of hate crime in Greater Manchester.

For the 2023 season the anti-hate campaign, messaging and branding will be supported in all Swinton Lions Rugby League club and Lions Foundation banners, website information, match day video messaging and stadium messaging.

What is hate crime?

A hate crime incident is an offence committed against a person or property that is motivated by an offender’s hatred of someone because of their:

  • race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality or national origins

  • religion

  • gender identity

  • sexual orientation

  • disability

  • alternative sub-culture (for example, goth or rocker)

What might we experience and see in our community?

  • physical attacks – to people or property, including offensive graffiti or arson

  • the threat of attack – including offensive letters, telephone calls, online messages or groups of people hanging around to intimidate

  • verbal abuse or insults – including offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures and bullying at school or in the workplace

Hate incidents can be verbal abuse but if the victim feels threatened or is caused distress, this could become a hate crime.

Why tackle it?

Even if we are not the target of hate crime it can make us feel less safe in our community, hate crime affects us all. We can support our fellow community members to report and get support.

Data shows that year on year, the number of hate crimes are increasing, with a 26 % increase last year. That is why we work in partnership with sporting organisations and the police to tackle hate crime and support victims.

How to report and get support

In an emergency ring 999. You can report any form of hate crime anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or phone the police’s non-emergency reporting number on 101. True Vision is a national website set up by government for people to report hate crime. The information is collated and then passed to the victims local police force for action.

We can also report and get support from ‘hate crime reporting centres’ in our community, places such as Gateways with, a full list here:


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