Kind children help Force tackle hate crime
06 Jan | 08:19

Shortly before Christmas our Marine Unit had the pleasure of meeting three inspiring children with a passion for equality and kindness.

Earlier in the year our Community Engagement Teams reached out across our Force area to schools and youth groups asking them to design a poster to help us tackle hate crime.

Over a hundred posters were entered into the competition and three winners were chosen with their fantastic posters being used to engage with communities and help reduce hate crime.

The trio were also invited along to meet our Marine Unit and take a trip along the Tyne in one of our police boats, taking in the local sights and telling our officers all about why tackling hate is so important to them.

The winners, Lydia, Freya and Daisy, came from all over the Northumbria Police patch and even police puppy Ted also dropped by to meet the winners and give them his paw of approval.

When asked why they got involved in the competition all three showed the same passion for kindness.

Lydia, 10, echoed the words on her winning poster by saying: “Hate crime should be hated. It’s horrible how people sometimes treat each other, and I wanted to help.”

Freya, 11, said: “We all deserve to be treated the same and everything possible needs to be done to reduce and stop hate crime for good.”

Daisy, 11, added: “It isn’t nice to judge people for who they are, we should all be treated equally.”

The children were bursting with smiles following the day’s activities and are a shining example of the inspiring young people we have in our communities here in the North East.

If you’re worried about hate crime or want to report an incident please visit our website for more information and how to report: https://beta.northumbria.police.uk/advice-and-info/personal-safety/hate-crime/

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