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New logos have been placed on six fire appliances in Wirral to promote a free helpline to stop hate crime and encourage the reporting of it.
The Stop Hate UK logos, including the new helpline number, were placed on the fire appliances following funding from the Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy.
Ms Kennedy is funding Stop Hate UK to deliver a 24/7 helpline offering third party support and advice to anyone on Merseyside targeted by incidents of abuse, intimidation or hate because of their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender.
The Stop Hate Line is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year on 0800 138 1625. The helpline is also available by text message on 07717 989 025 and by email at
Those with Hearing Impairments can report via interactive BSL by clicking the link on the website Victims and witnesses can also chat on the web or fill in an online form by visiting
The Stop Hate UK logo on the fire appliances follows the introduction of Safe Havens at community fire stations in Wirral in April 2013. Safe Havens have also been introduced on community fire stations in Knowsley, Liverpool and Sefton.
Group Manager Paul Murphy, district manager for Wirral, said:
“As our fire engines are out in the communities of Wirral and Merseyside each day, responding to emergencies and visiting homes and locations to promote fire safety to help to make people safer, messages on fire engines are a good way of alerting people to the information.”
Stop Hate UK will also focus on raising awareness of hate crime within Merseyside, educating victims, witnesses and the general public about what hate crime is and the steps that can be taken to tackle it.
People who believe that they have been targeted because of other aspects of identity can also access the helpline. The public can also contact the Stop Hate Line anonymously and trained staff or
Group Manager Paul Murphy and Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy at Birkenhead Community Fire Station next to a fire appliance with the new Stop Hate UK logo. Photo by Lyndsay Young.
volunteers will ask the victim who they want their details to be shared with.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said:
“If victims of hate crime don’t feel comfortable contacting the police, they now have an alternative way to report the intimidation, abuse or hatred they are experiencing. All they need to do is contact Stop Hate UK. Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is helping to spread that message to communities on the Wirral.”
The charity can also share information with the police and council, with consent, to ensure that Hate Crime victims and witnesses can access the support they need.
Rose Simkins, Chief Executive of Stop Hate UK, said: “All forms of Hate Crime are significantly under-reported. Some individuals and communities are reluctant or unwilling to talk to the police or their council. The Stop Hate Line gives victims and witnesses a safe and independent place to talk about their experiences and to explore their options for taking things further.”
Sefton Advanced Motorcyclists (SAM) members have donated funds to The Fire Fighters Charity.
The group, which is part of the national Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), runs three motorcycle rider safety courses a year at Southport Community Fire Station.
Its members donated £245 to be split between The Fire Fighters Charity, the North West Ambulance Service and to the Sefton Advanced Motorcyclists.
Advanced motorcycle courses are open to any motorcyclist with a full riding licence who may wish to improve their riding skills therefore enabling them to be more aware of other road users and helping them remain safer on the roads.
Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable on our busy roads and are involved in around 19% of all road traffic collisions but only account
for 2% of all road users. The aim of the group, is to raise awareness, increase observation and road planning skills in order to keep them safe on the road.
Firefighter Andy Shotton, who is based as Southport Community Fire Station and is also Chairman and Senior Observer with the group said: “The advanced motorcycle courses that we run from Southport Community Fire Station are extremely popular. From a road safety point of view, it is important that we inform and educate our local motorcyclists on key safety messages that will protect them on the road and enhance their skills and knowledge.”
There are still places on the summer course, which starts on June 6. If any motorcyclists wish to enrol on an advanced motorcycle course please contact Andy by email at or visit the national IAM website at
Sefton Advanced Motorcyclists at Southport Community Fire Station.
Sefton Advanced Motorcyclists with the charity cheque at Southport Community Fire Station.
Photos supplied by Andy Shotton.

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