Hate crime? Manchester’s mad for it

A DATE for your diary: this year’s National Hate Crime Awareness Week begins on October 12. No doubt you are thinking: ‘Must I wait a further eight long months before celebrating the UK’s hate crime legislation? Is there not something I can do before then to encourage more reporting of hate crime?’

Those who cannot last until autumn should immediately head for Greater Manchester. Not content with being part of the national event in October, from today the city and surrounding area is staging its own Hate Crime Awareness Week (HCAW) – an annual event which began in 2012. When it comes to raising awareness of hate crime in Greater Manchester, the locals evidently are, as they say, mad for it.