Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has confirmed there has been an increase in hate incidents being reported to them over the past few weeks.
Deputy Chief Constable Ian Pilling said: “Over the last few days there has been a small increase in the number of hate incidents reported to Greater Manchester Police.
“While we cannot categorically say whether the increase is related to any particular event. I wish to make it absolutely clear that all hate crime is unacceptable and even a small increase is of concern to us. It is really important that we have an accurate picture of hate crime in Greater Manchester so that we can deal with it in the most effective way possible.
“So, I now want to make a wider appeal to the people of Greater Manchester – where you see it, report it”.
He went on to confirm that the force does suspect that the majority of hate crimes, like several crime types, go unreported, but urged people to report suspected hate crimes often shared on social media. “Unless police officers are made aware they cannot investigate it and catch offenders”, Mr Pilling said.
“What’s happening in Greater Manchester appears to reflect a national picture that has emerged in recent days”.
True Vision, the national online reporting site, has told GMP that they have received some disgraceful examples of racial abuse around the country this week.