Hate crime or hate incidents

A hate incident is any incident, which may or may not be a criminal offence. It can be perceived by the victim or any other person.

How to report a crime or incident


If you have witnessed crime or an incident and it is an emergency please call 999.

If you would like to report a hate incident or crime you can do one of the following:

Alternatively, you can complete our online Hate crime and hate incident reporting form if you don't want to contact the police and don't want police involvement.

Hate crimes are any criminal offences that are committed because of hostility or prejudice towards a person's:

  • race
  • disability
  • religion or faith
  • sexual orientation
  • gender identity
  • age
  • gender

Hate crimes include:

  • harassment
  • intimidation
  • damage to property
  • physical assaults
  • verbal abuse including threats and bullying

All of the above can be done in person or online, through letters and other using methods of contact.

A hate incident is recognised by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate because of their:

  • race
  • faith or religion
  • sexual orientation
  • gender identity
  • disability
  • gender age or
  • alternative lifestyle

Hate incidents include:

  • name calling
  • making nasty jokes
  • making people feel uncomfortable
  • ignoring or isolating 
  • encouraging others to behave in such a way

​Further information

The documents below have further information on hate crime and hate incidents:

For further information please visit the Northants Police website.

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