2. Reporting a hate crime

A hate crime is any behaviour that someone thinks was caused by hostility, prejudice or hatred of:

  • Disability (including physical impairments, Mental Health problems, learning disabilities, hearing and visual impairment)
  • Gender identity (people who are transgender, transsexual or transvestite)
  • Race, skin colour, nationality, ethnicity or heritage
  • Religion, faith or belief (including people without a religious belief)
  • Sexual Orientation (people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or heterosexual)
  • Alternative Subculture/ Lifestyle (the way a person looks or dresses) - Groups that are described as subcultures often include punk rockers, ravers, metalheads, goths, emo and indie

There are lots of different types of hate crimes. These could include:

  • Physical attacks - such as physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti, neighbour disputes and arson;
  • Threat of attack – including offensive letters, abusive or obscene telephone calls or text messages, groups hanging around to intimidate and unfounded, malicious complaints;
  • Verbal abuse or insults – offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, offensive comments and/or name calling, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes and bullying at school or in the workplace.

Anyone can be a victim of hate crime or incident

A victim is any person who lives, works or visits Oldham and is subjected to a hate motivated incident or crime. A victim is also someone who witnesses another person being subjected to a hate motivated incident or crime.

A perpetrator or offender is any person who commits acts of hatred against other people because of their race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, faith or religion, age, gender, sexuality or disability.

Why you should report hate crimes

If you tell us what is happening, different agencies (such as the Police, Local Authority, charities and housing providers) can take action against the perpetrator and support victims and witnesses.

When you report hate crimes, you are making a bigger difference than you may think.

It helps you get support.  It helps us make your local area safer.

Most hate crimes are not reported. Your reports help us to understand how hate crime affects your community and then tackle the problem.

Report a hate crime

Even if you are unsure you have been a victim of a hate crime it is important to speak to someone. You can report a hate crime to any of these agencies:

  • Emergency: In an emergency you should phone 999
  • Non-emergency: You can phone Greater Manchester Police on 101 or you can go to any police station.

Stop Hate Helpline

If you don’t want to call the police or if you want extra support, you can call the Stop Hate Helpline.

  • Phone 0800 138 1625 for the free confidential 24-hour hate crime reporting service.

Lets End Hate Crime

For more information on hate crime please visit letsendhatecrime.com or call the Victim Support Services helpline: 0161 200 1950, Text Relay, 18002 0161 200 1950.

Third party reporting centres

You can also report a hate crime at a third party reporting centre.

A hate crime reporting centre allows you to report crimes without having to go directly to the police station. You can discuss your experience with a specially trained person to complete a Multi Agency Hate Crime reporting form.

The following are third party reporting centres:

119 Union Street
Oldham
OL1 1TE
Tel: 0300 123 1966

First Place
Union Street
Oldham
OL1 1BE
Tel: 0161 393 7117

140 Union Street
Oldham
OL1 1DZ
Tel: 0161 770 4786

40 Union Street West
Oldham
OL8 1DL
Tel: 0161 624 6733

50, First Avenue
Limeside
Oldham
OL8 3SH
Tel: 0345 602 1120

St. Chad’s Centre
Lime Green Parade
Limehurst
Oldham
OL8 3HH
Tel: 0844 736 0066

Hadfield Street
Oldham
OL8 3BP
Tel: 0161 621 3900

Highfield Works
Highfield Industrial Estate
West End Street
Oldham
OL9 6AJ
Tel: 0161 628 4133

Rochdale Road
Oldham
OL9 6AA
Tel: 0161 624 5214

2 Fircroft Road
Fitton Hill
Oldham
OL8 2QN
Tel: 0161 633 4060

Ground Floor
The Link Centre
140 Union Street
Oldham
OL1 1DZ
Tel: 0161 633 5544

Cultural Quarter
Greaves Street
Oldham
OL1 1AL
Tel: 0161 770 8000

Chew Vale
Greenfield
Oldham
OL3 7EQ
Tel: 01457 872472

St. Chad’s
High Street
Uppermill
Oldham
OL3 6AP
Tel: 01457 872777

Thomas Street
Lees
Oldham
OL4 5DA
Tel: 0161 633 5764

Wellbeing Centre
Burnley Street
Chadderton
OL9 0JW
Tel: 0161 770 5656

St. Chad’s Centre
Lime Green Parade
Limehurst
Oldham
OL8 3HH
Tel: 0161 624 0351

Farrow Street East
Shaw
Oldham
OL2 8QY
Tel: 01706 8423184

Fir Tree Avenue
Fitton Hill
Oldham
OL8 2QP
Tel: 0161 633 2011

Chadderton Way
Oldham
OL9 6DH
Tel: 0161 633 1168

Holt Street
Greenacres
Oldham
OL4 2DQ

George Street
Oldham
OL1 1LB

Egerton Street
Oldham
OL1 3SE
Tel: 0161 624 0111

Sir Robert Peacock House
Vulcan Street
Oldham
OL1 4LA

9GA, 323 Denton Lane
Chadderton
Oldham
OL9 9DD
Tel: 0161 652 1419

9 Magnolia Gardens
Oldham
OL8 1HX
Tel: 0161 624 7202

80 Union Street
Oldham
OL1 1DJ
Tel: 0161 621 9400