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'Report all the abuse' urges Ed.

COVENTRY wheelchair user Ed Lowe has been a victim of hate crime and is encouraging other people in the city to report incidents.

Ed, aged 24, of Willenhall, said: "I have been told I didn't deserve to be travelling on a bus, I've had 'what are doing in that bleep wheelchair you bleep, bleep?' shouted at me and when I came out as gay, there was abuse shouted at me as well.

"I can understand why hate crimes are so under-reported because victims are often made to feel that low they feel they can't report it due to fears of retaliation.

"I'm now happy to report things but it has taken me a long time to get to this stage."

The graduate, who has previously been accompanied by undercover police in the city centre in an attempt to tackle those committing hate crimes, added: "There is no way people should have to put up with homophobic abuse or other hate crimes in relation to their disability. They didn't ask to be disabled.

"People should report incidents. They need to know they will be taken seriously.

"Disabled people just want to be treated like normal human beings."

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Date:Aug 28, 2008
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