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Religious hate crime

Any incident, which is perceived to be based upon prejudice towards or hatred of the victim because of actual or perceived religion or belief.

The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 was amended by the Anti-terrorism Crime and Security Act 2001 which extended the scope of the Crime and Disorder Act by creating new specific religiously aggravated offences and applying the same sentencing duty to all other offences where there is evidence of religious aggravation.

Incitement to religious hatred:  It is illegal to say anything or produce any written material that tries to persuade someone to commit a criminal offence against another race or group of people. This means that leaflets, flyers or speeches that promote crime against people because of their religion is against the law. This is called incitement to religious hatred.

Councils of Faiths 

Local Councils of Faiths engage in activities that strengthen relations between faith groups in local areas, fostering friendship between individuals of different faiths.

Bedford Council of Faiths Telephone:  01767 627626

Luton Council of Faiths Telephone: 01582 416946

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