Reporting Hate Crime

There are a number of organisations across Lincolnshire that operate as Hate Crime Signposting Centres. Primarily these centres facilitate the reporting of Hate Crime and Hate Incidents by directing people to the 24 hour Stop Hate Line or Lincolnshire Police, who have responsibility for taking reports and can provide the immediate practical and emotional support required.

Staff within these organisations have an understanding of Hate Crime to a level that allows them to recognise the nature of incidents that are identified by service users, and the knowledge to signpost people to the correct services. Please see the bottom of this page for the list of hate crime signposting centres.

If you have no evidence we still encourage you to contact a centre. However it can help an investigation if you are able to provide any of the following when you contact a centre: 

  • A description of the perpetrator(s).
  • Details of any witnesses to the incident.
  • A diary record of any ongoing incidents and previous incidents you have experienced.
  • Original copies of any hate mail that has been sent to you.
  • Evidence of damage to property, graffiti etc. It is advisable not to clear these up before reporting the incident if possible.

What is a Hate Crime?

Any incident which may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate is a hate crime.

Hate crimes and hate incidents are taken to mean any crime or incident where the perpetrator’s hostility or prejudice against an identifiable group of people is a factor in determining who is victimised. (ACPO, 2000:13) A hate crime or incident is any crime or incident which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s actual or perceived social group or groups.

For the purpose of the strategy, the hate crime strands we will be focusing on are:

  • Disability
  • Race
  • Religion and Belief
  • Sexual orientation
  • Transgender

However it is worth noting that malice or ill will towards a social group can be based on any identifying factor, including the above groups, but not exclusively. Some people may experience hate crimes and incidents of more than one identifying factor, for example, a combination of race and disability factors.

It is important to note that some hate incidents may not constitute a criminal offence and therefore, will not be recorded as a hate crime, whereas all hate crimes are hate incidents.

Hate crimes and incidents can take many forms, including:

  • Physical attacks
  • Threats
  • Verbal abuse
  • Murder
  • Neighbour disputes
  • Arson
  • Graffiti
  • Intimidation or harassment
  • Bullying at school, college or work
  • Harassment by phone, text, email or through the internet (Cyberbullying)

To report hate crime please contact one of the following hate crime signposting centres:

Voluntary Centre Services

The Old Mart
Church Lane
NG34 7DF
01529 308450

Lincs 2 Advice 

5 Mill House      
Carre Street
NG34 7TW
0300 303 8789

Development Plus

The Old Vicarage
Croft Street
01522 533510

Lincs YMCA

Tritton Road
01522 508360

Busy Days Adult Care Centre

Growing Futures Ltd
Queen’s Park Community Hub
01522 878112

Lincoln City Council

City Hall
Beaumont Fee
01522 881188

Total Voice

5 Saxilby Enterprise Park
Skellingthorpe Road
01522 706 580

West Lindsey District Council

Guildhall, Marshall’s Yard
DN21 2NA
01427 676 676

Boston College

Skirbeck Road
PE21 6JF
01205 365701

Boston Borough Council

Municipal Buildings
West Street
PE21 8QR
01205 314200


Toynton Hall
Toynton All Saints
PE23 5AE
01790 752499