Disabled people join police to fight hate crime

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Disabled people in Crawley saw the premiere screening of their own film which will be used by police to fight hate crime.

Members of The Action Group, a support group for disabled people in Crawley, have made a short film called ‘Speak Out on Hate Crime’.

The premiere of the film took place in front of other disabled people in the community and police at the Arora Hotel, in Southgate, this morning (Friday November 8).

Steven Bateson, chair of the Action Group, said the aim of the film was to encourage disabled people to report hate crime or incidents to the police.

He said: “I would say to everyone out there if you are experiencing hate crime don’t be afraid to come to the Action Group or to go to the police. They can help you.”

Steven has had cerebral palsy since birth but he said hate incidents towards him have become more frequent as he has grown up and his condition has deteriorated.

He said: “What I find hard is cerebral palsy is a tremendously hard disability to explain. It affects everyone completely differently.”

He added: “I’m so proud of the Action Group and their hard work over this year. They’ve done themselves proud and their disabilities proud.”