Any crime that is motivated by prejudice or hostility (or is perceived to be so, by the victim or anyone else) towards a person’s actual or perceived race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability, is a hate crime.

A hate motivated criminal offence, where the law is broken, is a hate crime.

Any incident that is motivated by prejudice or hostility (or is perceived to be so, by the victim or anyone else) towards a person’s actual or perceived race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability, is a hate incident.

An incident that is not a criminal offence and that is motivated by hate is a hate incident.

Hate crime and incidents can be committed against a person or property and a victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hate is being directed.

By reporting hate crime, you can help stop it happening to someone else. You will also help the police and partners to better understand the level of hate crime and improve the way we respond to it.

You can report hate crime and hate incidents by contacting South Yorkshire Police on 101 or online to Report It.

If you don’t want to contact the police directly, you can contact the Stop Hate UK reporting line on 0800 138 1625 or online to Stop Hate UK.

Other ways to report hate crime

Call Crimestoppers to report anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Tell Mama takes reports of anti-Muslim hate.

In person at one of Sheffield's third party reporting centres, who will take details and pass the information to South Yorkshire Police.