Victims of hate crime are being urged to come forward and report the crime.

A community group, Communities Against Hate Crime, based in Cranbrook Road, Redbridge, has a team of volunteers who are trained to provide advice and take up cases with appropriate agencies and authorities.

There are dedicated hate crime advice and advocacy officers in Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham, Newham, Enfield and Waltham Forest.

The group is advising anyone that has been abused, harassed or attacked because "of where you were born, the language you speak, the colour of your skin, you are disabled, you cannot see well, you have learning difficulties, mental health problems, you are a Roma, Gypsy or Traveller, you are a migrant, refugee or asylum seeker, you are lesbian, gay or trans" to come forward and report the incident as a hate crime.

To find out more contact the Redbridge Equalities & Community Council on 020-8551 8178, email: or write to: Room 203, 2nd floor, Heraldic House, 160-162 Cranbrook Road, IG1 4PE. In an emergency, contact the police call 999.