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Police: Find out more about homophobic Hate Crime

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Hate crimes have a devastating effect on victims, who often feel unable to speak out about what has happened to them. It can take a wide variety of forms, from verbal and physical abuse to discrimination in the workplace.

Historically, these communities have felt unable to come forward due to the stigma in society and the lack of support or empathy from those in authority. However, in the United Kingdom, things have changed. It is now illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of sexual or gender identity, and it’s a crime if someone is deliberately targeted because of their sexuality or gender.

Hate Crime generally can be defined as any illegal act that any person recognises to be motivated by hostility or prejudices towards a feature of an individual’s identity.

Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic Hate Crimes are personally motivated by prejudice towards lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals. Whilst the impact can be devastating to the victim, the scars are not always visible from the outside.

Police: Carol celebrates the big ‘four-oh’ by taking on the London Marathon

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Sheffield mum Carol Speight is aiming to celebrate turning 40 years old by running Sunday’s London Marathon for the first time. We asked her some quick questions about why she’s choosing the Marathon as her challenge – and why Crimestoppers…

Carol in here Crimestoppers vest

Carol rarely stops fundraising!

Q. So, why the London Marathon?

I’ve lost four stone in recent years, purely from running and eating more healthily.

It’s a long way from my previous life, so I’m well outside my comfort zone!

Q. And why Crimestoppers as your fundraising cause?

I’ve known many people who have been victims of crime – been burgled or had personal possessions stolen, so helping to raise funds for Crimestoppers seemed perfect to me.

Q. How have your colleagues reacted to you taking on the Marathon?

Staff at Matalan, where I work, probably think that I run around far too much! But it’s worth it!

Carol out training for the big day on Sunday

Carol out training for the big day on Sunday

Q. What’s been your main motivation through all the hard training?

I’ve just...

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Police: Inspirational weight-loser David takes on the London Marathon

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32-year-old David Smith from Poole works for Barclays Bank, and also volunteers as a Special Constable with the police. He’s managed to shed a remarkable seven stone in recent years, and has chosen to run this Sunday’s London Marathon, fundraising for Crimestoppers. Here he answers a couple of quick questions for us…

Dave in his Crimestoppers running vest

Dave in his Crimestoppers running vest

Q. What made you decide to take on the famously gruelling London Marathon?

It was three years ago that I found I couldn’t buy clothes in the high street, and I used to get tired out just from walking around.

I thought ‘enough is enough’.

Q. How do your friends and relatives feel about your challenge?

Family and friends have been very supportive, especially with preparing for the big day in London. Some think I’m being a bit crazy and are quite shocked, but it’s worth it.

I’m grateful for their support whilst fundraising – and would also like to thank Barclays for matching my fundraising effort pound-for-pound.

Dave as he used to be

Dave as he used to be


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Police: “It’ll be incredible to be part of the world’s largest fundraising challenge”: Kayal’s Marathon

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Kayal Velaigam

Kayal in her Crimestoppers running vest

Every year around 40 people run the Virgin Money London Marathon for Crimestoppers. Dedicating much of the winter to training, our runners make huge sacrifices to prepare themselves for the big day. We spoke to first-time London Marathon runner Kayal Velaigam to understand why she chose to run for Crimestoppers, and her feelings around the race itself.

Q. Have you taken part in many races before?

Yes, I’ve run a few – mostly recently I completed the Vitality North London Half Marathon on 12 March. I dance regularly, which helps to keep me healthy and in good shape.

Q. How do you feel about the challenge?

I have mixed feelings at the moment about the big day, ranging from huge excitement to full blown nerves. I think it’ll be incredible to be part of the world’s largest fundraising challenge and to be able to raise funds for such a great cause.

Q. Why did you decide to run the Marathon...

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Police: Working towards a brighter community

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Monika Durova VolunteerMonika Durova is in her final year of a degree in Criminology and Criminal Psychology. As part of her final year, she successfully secured a work placement at Crimestoppers.

Find out about her experiences and what she felt she gained during her time spent at Crimestoppers.

As part of my final year at the University of Greenwich on the BSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology course, I successfully secured a place on a university accredited placement at Crimestoppers. My expectations from the placement were mainly to get involved in crime control activities such as working on the Most Wanted project. However, throughout the course of my placement I worked within different departments and teams such as Digital, Research, Media, and the Call Bureau, where the people who deal with the incoming calls work.

I was most involved in the Fearless team, the youth brand of Crimestoppers. Being engaged with the youth team made me realise that sometimes, in particular when working with young people, prevention and early intervention are much...

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Police: Crimestoppers is more than a telephone number

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James Reed - VolunteerJames Reed is in the final year of a degree in Criminology, as part of which he successfully secured a work placement at Crimestoppers.

Find out about his experiences during his time spent at Crimestoppers.

Whilst starting my final year of a BA Criminology degree at the University of Greenwich, I was told about all the different options for a work placement; this would be perfect for vital experience needed to land a post-graduate job. Whilst reading up about all the different options for my work placement, Crimestoppers jumped out at me as being the best suited for me – Crimestoppers would offer me hands-on experience with a huge charity.

As a volunteer at Crimestoppers I was given the opportunity to work with a wide range of people working in different roles within the charity, from the youth team to the press office. This has given me an insight to the various roles that make up a successful charity. During my placement I worked with computing software I would never have used anywhere else; I was given the...

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Police: Pension scams destroy lives – don’t be next

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By Mike Broomfield, Head of Intelligence at The Pensions Regulator (TPR).

Scammers are criminals and we’re clamping down on their activities. We’re helping to change the law regarding cold calling as well as introducing a range of measures to protect saver’s pensions. But you can protect yourself; here are five top tips to help you beat the scammers.

Pension scams destroy lives picture

If you think you’ve been scammed – act immediately

If you’ve already signed something you’re now unsure about, contact your pension provider straight away. They may be able to stop a transfer that hasn’t taken place yet. Then call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 to report it.

If you have doubts about what to do, ask The Pensions Advisory Service for help. Call them on 0300 123 1047 or visit the TPAS website at for free pensions advice and information.

If you’re aged 50 or over and have a defined contribution pension (a pension not based on your final salary), Pension Wise is there to help you investigate your...

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Police: Be Bold for Change: International Women’s Day 2017

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It’s International Women’s Day today, a chance to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women across the globe. This year, we’ve asked Tania Carrigan, Head of Communications at Crimestoppers, to reflect on challenge, change and women that she finds inspirational. 

Tania Carrigan, Head of Communications

Q. What does your role at Crimestoppers involve?

A.  I lead and manage the Communications team (Media, Digital, Marketing and Campaigns); my main responsibilities include developing and implementing the organisation’s communication strategy; developing the Crimestoppers brand and driving digital innovation. I have seven people in my team and together we support Crimestoppers activity across the UK: it’s busy, but we have a lot of fun, too!

Q. How did you get to where you are today?

A. I left university with a degree in politics ready to make my mark in international development. I was lucky to secure an overseas role for an NGO, but it wasn’t for me. I came back...

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Police: Celebrate St David’s Day by reading our day-in-the-life blog from Wales

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Morning coffee and news

Early morning always starts with a strong coffee before catching up with daily news and current affairs – online, TV and especially social media. I run the Crimestoppers Wales Twitter account (@Wales_CS) so regularly check and share the latest crime news and appeals for information. It’s a quick way to spread the message about our work and engage with lots of people across Wales and beyond.

Out and about

St. David's Day daffodils

Plans for each day are different, but I’m usually out and about travelling through beautiful Welsh countryside, promoting the charity and planning new campaigns. I cover the three southern police force areas in Wales – Gwent, Dyfed Powys and South Wales. The local crime issues are diverse – from livestock thefts to drug dealing to burglary. Coming from a criminal justice background, I can quickly understand the challenges and help suggest ways to increase intelligence from the public through utilising Crimestoppers anonymous service.

It’s good to...

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Police: Hearts and flowers? Not for one billion women

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One in three women will experience violence against them at least once in their life

V-Day, February 14 2017, is a global movement to stop this…


Inspired by Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues, they run large-scale fundraisers, events, films and conduct campaigns to educate and stop violence against women and girls. They have raised over $80 million and funded more than 12,000 anti-violence programs and safe houses in countries such as Haiti, Kenya, Egypt and Iraq.

Find out more about V-Day…

One Billion Rising

1billiobWith the support of the V-Day organisation, global protest campaign One Billion Rising was created, so named because over one billion women will be impacted by violence in their lifetime. The project urges women to walk, dance, and rise up in opposition to violence and has reached over 140 countries in regions including North Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, with special projects in each area dependent on local circumstances, traditions, and religions.

Find out more about One Billion Rising…

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