SEP 00] RUGBY
BOROUGH COUNCIL NEWS
Agencies Tackle Race-Hate Offences
Centres for the
reporting of racial attacks and offences motivated by race hate are
being set up in Rugby.
The annual meeting of
the Rugby Race Equality Council will be held on Thursday, which will
launch the project.
It aims to promote
the reporting of race crime and will check on how well the complaint
has been handled.
Rugby Borough Council
is joining forces to set up reporting centres at the Rugby Race
Equality Council in Pennington Street, the police station in Newbold
Road, the council's housing and environmental health department in
Newbold Road, and the Benn Partnership Centre in Railway
Each site will act as
a reporting centre for racially-motivated crime.
The council explained
that racial harassment is any act or behaviour directed at people or
their property because of their colour, race, nationality, ethnic or
A racist incident is
one that is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person.
That could be in the form of verbal abuse, physical assault, acts
which cause alarm or distress, or damage to property.
Racial harassment is
an offence and the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 recognises the
different type of racially-motivated crime and their effects.
Paul Barnes, head of
housing management at Rugby Borough Council, said:
“The Rugby Racial
Harassment Monitoring Project has been set up to record and tackle
racist incidents. Reports may be made to any of the local reporting
“Incidents can be
reported, in which case no further action can be taken, or they can
be investigated and action taken against the perpetrators.
“All reports will
be regularly reviewed by the agencies and community organisations
“The action taken
on each incident will be considered and organisations may be asked
to account for any apparent unwillingness to pursue perpetrators.
The review allows patterns of offences to be identified and further
action taken to deal with problem area.
“The project will
only be effective if people report incidents. It is intended to have
a number of local volunteers, particularly in community groups, who
are willing to help victims. All agencies taking part in the project
have also been trained.”