STATEMENT: INCIDENTS IN LIVERPOOL CITY CENTRE, JUNE 2021

We have been made aware of a number of incidents that have taken place in Liverpool City Centre, which are currently being investigated by Merseyside Police as hate crimes.

As these are subject to active crime investigations, we are unable to comment on specific incidents. However, we understand the justified anger and fear in our community at this time and we encourage anyone with information to contact Merseyside Police.

Anyone with information about any of the incidents that have been widely circulated on social media is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk on Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ using the references below:

Bold Street, 11th June – 21000407423

Lord Nelson Street, 14th June – 21000414679 (TW: Contains injury images)

Fleet Street/Concert Square, 17th June 21000422905

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.

LCR Pride Foundation works closely with Merseyside Police and wider city partners to have an open-dialogue and support the eradication of hate crime. As always, we will continue to work positively and constructively to raise awareness of hate crime, the importance of reporting this and the need for victims of hate crime to be supported.

We are united in our goal to make the Liverpool City Region welcoming and safe for all LGBT+ residents and visitors alike and hate crimes of any form should not and will not be tolerated or ignored.

We are also working with night time economy venues in and around the Pride Quarter to ensure there are safe spaces for LGBT+ people who need to access support or feel threatened. Venues looking for more information on how they can do this should get in touch with us on [email protected].

For advice on reporting hate crimes, visit: www.merseysidepcc.info/get-involved/resources-campaigns/hate-crime/

You can also contact any of the below organisations for support and advice:

Stop Hate UK is a leading national organisation working to challenge all forms of hate crime and discrimination. 0800 138 1625

Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline is a safe space for anyone to discuss anything, including sexuality, gender identity, sexual health and emotional well-being. Call 0300 330 0630 (10am – 10pm daily), visit the website or email [email protected] (Emails are typically replied to within 72 hours)

The Anthony Walker Foundation aims to promote diversity and racial harmony in Merseyside through education, sport and the arts. 0151 237 3974

GYRO is a collection of youth groups for people who identify themselves as: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Trans*, or who are Questioning their sexuality or gender identity (LGBTQ+). You can reach out to them for advice by emailing [email protected] or [email protected]

Victim Support is an independent charity which aims to help people rebuild their lives after a traumatic event. 0808 1689 111

Citizens Advice Liverpool specialise in advice and support for victims of hate crime. They can be contacted on 0151 522 1400 ext 5006 or by email to [email protected]uk or for more information visit citizensadviceliverpool.org.uk/hate-crime 

If your mental health has been affected by these incidents, you can find support services and groups near you on the Hub of Hope app, provided by Chasing the Stigma. The Hub of Hope app features a ‘need help now?’ button that connects you directly to Samaritans or Crisis Text Line.