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New hate crime centres are set up.

MORE than 40 centres where hate crimes can be reported are being set up across Merseyside and Cheshire, police have said.

The Cheshire Police centres will be in citizens advice bureaux, council and housing offices, schools and universities.

Staff will be trained in diversity issues, what constitutes hate crime, the relevant law and the processes required to report it.

Cheshire Chief Constable Peter Fahy said hate crime "creates distrust" and is "very much a Cheshire issue".

Gee Walker, who has been campaigning against hate crime since her son Anthony was killed in a racially motivated attack near McGoldrick Park, in Huyton, in 2005, has backed the initiative.

Mr Fahy said: "Hate crime is personal but it also affects the wider community. Hate crimes affect community relations, they create distrust.

"We know victims of hate crime may have a reluctance to come forward or an inability to express themselves.

That is why today's launch is about starting up places where victims can come forward and report crimes."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 22, 2008
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