Calls for safe places to tackle hate crimes

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CRIME and bullying targeting people with learning disabilities was the topic at a meeting in Daventry.

The event, at the town’s Abbey Centre gave representatives from the Northamptonshire Learning Disability Partnership Board, the police, Mencap and the county council the chance to discuss hate crimes against those with learning disabilities with the public.

A key part of the day was discussing ‘keep safe places’.

The idea is to provide public places where people feeling threatened by abuse or bullying can retreat to.

Dawn Crawford, manager of the partnership board, said: “A couple of people from Daventry discussed their experiences of hate crime locally.

“A key point is that we want more places across the Daventry area to sign up as keep safe places to help people who are being bullied, harassed or abused while out.

“If shops, businesses or other places get in touch we can give them the right training.”

To contact the partnership ring 07850 901373.