Attacks on goths, emos and punks to be regarded hate crimes by Manchester police


Police in Manchester has said that from now on they will begin considering offences against members of alternative subcultures like they do with attacks based on race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity.

Sophie Lancaster court case

(Photo Courtesy: Lancashire Police/PA)

The Greater Manchester police are the first in Britain to take such step. It said that “goths, emos, punks and metallers” and members of other alternative groups have often countered such abuse.

“People who wish to express their alternative sub-culture identity freely should not have to tolerate hate crime,” said the Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan.

The Manchester police took this decision after a campaign demanding the decision was carried on by Sophie Lancaster Foundation. Sophie Lancaster Foundation is a charity founded in memory of a 20-year-old victim to such fatal attack in a Manchester park in 2007.

Source: The Guardian, Telegraph

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