Post Woolwich: What to do if you witness a race hate crime

Following the incident which took place in Woolwich, Black & minority ethnic voluntary and community sector groups need to play a key role in ensuring that racist or islamophobic attacks and incidents are being logged and reported up and down the country.

In the last week we have seen a massive increase in the number of attacks and incidents. Tell Mama, the monitoring service for anti-Muslim attacks, has reported 162 calls to date and 10 mosques have been attacked. Many incidents and attacks will go unreported which is why it is important that BME VCS groups join together to provide support and assurances, as well as reach out to all communities. It is important that ALL attacks and incidents are reported to the police and support agencies.

What constitutes a race hate crime:

“Any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race/region or perceived race/religion”

This can include: threatening behaviour, assault, robbery damage to property, inciting others to commit hate crimes and harassment and these constitute crimes under the Crime & Disorder Act 1998, Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and the Criminal Justice Act 2003.

V4CE advice:

  • Please make sure all attacks/incidents are reported to the police/bodies below
  • Vulnerable groups – elderly, isolated families and individuals are to be contacted and supported in your locality
  • Where appropriate please challenge the common myths about Muslims/Islam that are being perpetuated
  • Support grass roots action in your area that are led by Muslim/inter-faith groups
  • Ensure that police/authorities are held accountable for their actions/non actions by reporting incidents

Reporting incidents and attacks: 

If there is an incident or attack you would like to report; or if you need support and advice please contact the following organisations:

The Monitoring Group (covering West London & North London) 24hr 0800 374 618
Newham Monitoring Group (East London) 24hrs 0800 169 3111
Just West Yorkshire (Monday to Thursdays only) 01274 542222
Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council 01604 400808
Derbyshire & Derby Race Equality Commission 07940331194 or 01332 372428
The Race Equality Council (TREC) Leicester 0116 2999800
Tell Mama 0800 456 1226 Txt 01157070007 or via Twitter @tellmamauk or on FB TellMamaUk and via their website
Islamic Human Rights Commission 0208 9044222
Non emergency incidents can also be reported online here:
Chase Against Crimes of Hate 01785 619775 (Thurs and Fri) or

If you know of other reporting centres which we can add to this list please let us know by emailing

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