Basingstoke Hate Crime Working Group has been established to encourage and support a wide range of organisations and residents of the Borough of Basingstoke and Deane to work together to tackle Hate Crime.

Current priority areas for the group are:

  • To raise awareness of hate crime and hate incidents
  • To increase confidence amongst victims to report hate crimes or hate incidents
  • To increase reporting of Hate Crime and to work with young people to educate and challenge attitudes and prejudices.

Hate crime comes in many different forms and strikes at the heart of communities. With your help, we can tackle those responsible for hate crime and keep our community safe.

If you are interested to become member of the local Hate Crime working group please contact

Information about Hate Crime can be found below or clicking here

2023 Creative Arts Competition - Winning Entries

BHCAG were absolutely delighted and wow’ed by the winning entries of this years competition.

This years theme was Respectful and Welcoming.  

Congratulations to both winners.

‘Love Not Hate’ Winning Entry









‘Love Not Hate’ Video Entry Link:

‘Love Not Hate’ Video Transcript: Video Transcript

‘Everybody Is Welcome’ Winning Entry


Aoife (Age 11)


Here on this Earth, everybody is welcome.

If you are Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist or Christian,

Bi, straight, gay or lesbian,

It doesn’t matter who you are,

Because on this Earth, everybody is welcome.


Here on this Earth, everybody should be respected.

Whether your pronouns are he, she, they or them.

Everybody shall be respected and not condemned.

It doesn’t matter who you are,

Because on this Earth, everybody is welcome.


Here on this Earth, nobody is the same,

And that is something we all should proclaim.

We are not the same, we are all different

That is what makes us all so magnificent.

It doesn’t matter who you are,

Because on this Earth, everybody is welcome.


So, in conclusion, we all are unique

Our faces, our hair and our wonderful physiques

In order for us and our planet to grow,

Respect and love, we all must show.

Because on this Earth, everybody is welcome.

What is Hate Crime?

Hate Crime is ”Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race or perceived race; religion or perceived religion; sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation; disability or perceived disability and any crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender.’

A hate incident is ‘any incident which the victim, or anyone else, thinks is based on someone’s prejudice towards them because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or because they are transgender’.

Hate Crime can be:

  • Physical violence and assault
  • Verbal abuse, threats or name-calling
  • obscene calls or texts
  • offensive mail, emails or photos
  • graffiti
  • damage to property, dumping of rubbish or offensive, unpleasant or dangerous items posted through the letter box
  • incitement to hatred

Click here for more details

Why Report Hate Crime?

It is generally recognised that Hate Crime is under-reported. Here are some key reasons on why you should:

  • Hate crime is rarely a one-off incident
  • Hate crime can have a devastating psychological effect on you
  • Victims of hate crime have a feeling of insecurity which can result in anxiety and impact their daily lives
  • If victims report it a better picture of Hate Crime will be visible and more can be done to address it
  • Don’t let the person/people get away with doing this to you or others

How to Report Hate Crime?


Is it an emergency?

Dial 999 immediately

Report it online

True Vision is a national police scheme to help victims report hate crime online. Click here for more information


You can call them anonymously and confidentially on 0800 555 111

Third Party Reporting Centre

  • Victim Support (Hampshire and Isle of Wight helpline – 0808 78 1641)
  • Citizens Advice Basingstoke – click here for more details

Other Resources

If you’re in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and want to report a Hate Crime you can use the ‘Love Don’t Hate’ App.

This will quickly connect you to your nearest Third Party Reporting Centre, where you can find their location and contact details.

The App can be found by typing in ‘Hate Crime Love Don’t Hate’ into the App Store on Apple devices or Google Play on Android devices.

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