Smile! Stop Hate Crime News Archive

Paddy Tipping, Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire, is circulating a questionnaire about support offered to victims of crime. Information about consultation is on the website.

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Nottinghamshire in Focus weekly newpapaer ran a front page article on disability hate crime, and the experience of Mickey, to read this article click on the link to Issue 43

2013 DSC4716a  Roger has now moved to a different area of Nottingham from where he was constantly a victim of hate crime - including name calling, stone throwing and physical attacks.  He still sometimes gets called names by schoolchildren and adults, and he knows to report these to the police.  Roger is involved in many community activities and with several support organisations including Smile! Stop Hate Crime, and he is generally happier.

2013 DSC4732aWayne is still complaining that schoolchildren call him names when he waits for the bus home from his day centre.  They call him "Four Eyes", "Speccy" and "Fatty", and have also thrown stones at him.  He has indentified some of the children involved with the school, and they are taking his complaint seriously.  Smile! Stop Hate Crime are co-ordinating a united reponse between ourselves, the school, the day centre and Wayne's family.

Always report hate incidents to the police: 999 if it is happening now, 101 if it happened yesterday.


Smile! Stop Hate Crime 2013

We are campaigning in areas that are hotspots for hate crime.  We set up a stall, and give out fliers. balloons and wristbands to spread the message that disability hate crime must be reported to the police or Stop Hate UK.


  • We have campaigned in Eastwood library on March 4th


  • We campaigned at the Co-op in the Meadows on March 6th


  • We have campaigned at Asda in Arnold on April 3rd and 10th


  • Campaigning at Sainsbury's in Bingham on April 17th and 18th 10am - 12pm


  • We will have a display about SSHC at West Bridgford library on June 10th - 17th and will be there some of the week to speak to local people.


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Smile! Stop Hate Crime is in the News!

Smile! Stop Hate Crime has been in the news over the past few weeks where we have been highlighting people with learning disabilities who have experienced hate crime across the County and City.

25 January 2013 Nottingham Post

Our latest response to an internet troll incident directed at a disabled child as such behaviour is "totally unacceptable"

15 January 2013

Kirsty Hodgkinson appeared on Central TV to speak about Hate Crime (awaiting link)

18 December 2012 Central TV News

Smile! Stop Hate Crime talk about the difficulties experienced by people with a learning disability and how it affects their lives.  A family tells their own story of how hate crime makes them feel."_=


9 January 2013 Nottingham Post

Smile! Stop Hate Crime comments on the increase in hate incidents reported to Stop Hate UK in Nottinghamshire.

"This is really good news because we know there is a lot of hate crime going on but it might not be reported and recorded".


10 January 2013 BBC Radio Nottingham

Radio interviews with Radio Nottingham include "Mate Crime" - What is it and why is it happening?

"Mate Crime" happens when vulnerable people often with a learning disability are befriended and then exploited.


31 December 2012 BBC Radio Nottingham

Smile! Stop Hate Crime in conversation with Paralympian, Charlotte Henshaw.  What is hate crime and has disability hate crime been affected by the Olympic Games?



Roger Grange and Smile Stop Hate Crime, Nottingham Mencap talk to ITN News about Disability Hate Crime.  Click on the link below to see the interviews.  (To see Roger's interview please scroll down the page, once you have clicked on the link)

Disability Hate Crime - ITN News


Smile! Stop Hate Crime is tackling hate crime against adults with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire. We have worked with Royal Mencap on the 'Stand By Me' campaign, we run training courses on how to spot hate crime and visit schools and work closely with emergency services ensuring that when people report hate crime they are taken seriously.


Marcus has helped us in our campaign and has worked as part of the team talking to members of the public in awareness raising events, telling them what hate crime is and how to report it.  Marcus has been interviewed by BBC Radio Nottingham, this is what he had to say on the experience;


"I was telling everybody what happened to me on the radio.  How it happened to me and it could happen to you. I definitely want to stop this from happening to people."


Marcus commented;


"I feel better in myself telling the world about what has happened to me."


Marcus has experienced incidences when he has been encouraged by others to spend all his money buying drinks for other people.  It was always his round!




Marcus campaiging with Smile! Stop Hate Crime at a supermarket

Lilian Greenwood MP for Nottingham South meets the Smile! Stop Hate Crime Team

"I recently visited Nottingham Mencap and met Roger, Wayne, Carly and Paul and the staff supporting the Smile! Stop Hate Crime project.

I was shocked by the scale of under-reporting of hate crimes - crimes which can have such a devastating effect on the lives of people with learning disabilities.  It was inspiring to hear about the work of this vital project, that enable people with learning disabilities to raise awareness of the problem and gives them confidence and determination to challenge unacceptable behaviour and demand action against those involved.

I was especially impressed by their work with schoold - education can change attitudes and help prevent hate crimes.  This project is essential and deserves our whole-hearted support."

Lilian Greenwood

Lilian Greenwood MP (second left)


Chris Leslie MP supporting Nottingham Mencap's 'Smile! Stop Hate Crime' campaign

As featured in the Nottingham Post on 6th October 2012.

Nottingham East MP and Shadow Treasury Secretary Chris Lesley will today be visiting Nottingham Mencap's Harpenden House in Sherwood in support of Smile! Stop Hate Crime Campaign.

Smile! Stop Hate Crime aims to raise awareness and tackles hate crime against adults with learning disabilities, and ensures that everyone is equipped with the skills and knowledge to address hate crime effectively.

The redoubled efforts to tackle this crime come in the light of recent statistics published by the BBC which reveal that hate crime against disabled people was up a third in 2011 with over 2000 offences reported to the police.

Worryingly, Scope has also published a report which highlights the difficulties faced by disabled people in society, with 20% of all repear victims of anti-social behaviour being disabled.

Chris said:

"I am looking forward to visiting the team at Nottingham Mencap as I am very concerned about the sharp increase in disability hate crime.  It is appalling that the more vulnerable people in our society are being targeted in this way and I feel that more should and can be done to prevent this sort of crime from occuring.  That is why I am fully supportive of the Smile! Stop Hate Crime campaign."

Visit by Chris Leslie MP for Nottingham East to Harpenden House and Smile! Stop Hate Crime

Chris Leslie MP requested a visit to Harpenden House to learn more about Nottingham Mencap and in particular Smile! Stop Hate Crime (SSHC).  He joined a group of people associated with SSHC, and showed interest in a presentation about the project and some heated discussion with the service users who had a lot to tell him about the crime in Nottingham!

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Chris Leslie, (second left), enjoying a drink and biscuits with the group.