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7 November 2011



Police Support Anti-Bullying Week 

Bedfordshire Police will once again be supporting the national anti-bullying campaign running between 14th and 18th November. 

With the slogan ‘stop and think – words can hurt’ this year’s campaign is focused on tackling verbal bullying and will see Local Policing Teams visiting schools and youth clubs to discuss the use of derogatory language and explaining the consequences of using words verbally, text messages or on-line via social media sites and emails which could be deemed as racist, homophobic, sexist or discriminatory to people with disabilities.

Richard Denton, the force’s children and young people’s officer and schools co-coordinator said: “Although we already support schools and other educational establishments with the delivery of anti-bullying messages throughout the year Anti-Bullying Week is an excellent way of bringing the issue into the open and highlighting the support that is available to young people and their families.”

“Bullying can take place anywhere – not just in school and it is important that everyone in the community comes together to tackle this issue. We want to make young people aware of the consequences of using derogatory language which, as recent cases have shown, can lead to the police taking action and in some cases prosecutions and convictions taking place.”

If you or someone you know would like to talk to someone about bullying, call Childline on 0800 1111 or visit www.childline.org.uk/talk/pages/talk.aspx

Anyone with information about bullying incidents can call Bedfordshire Police on 101, send a text to 07786200011 or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

If you have information relating to this incident, contact (officer’s name), in confidence, on (insert direct number), the non emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.