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A NEW guide to help disabled people and their carers report incidents of hate crime has been launched.

Liz Sayce, chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said: “Hate Crime against disabled people is shocking and has to stop.

“I hope our guidance will lead to change locally, enable disabled people to report hate crime and support new partnerships between disabled people’s organisations and local agencies, ranging from housing associations through to the police and the Crown Prosecution Service.”

Maria Miller, Minister for Disabled People, added: “Hate crime has no place in our society, whether it is verbal abuse from children on street corners, mental persecution by those who are meant to provide care or physical attacks carried out by callous bullies. We will not tolerate it.”

The Let’s Stop Disability Hate Crime guidance documents can be downloaded from www.radar.org.uk