Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, has announced the launch of a new on-line hate crime hub. The measures have been introduced to attempt to counter-act the growing problem of on-line hate crime and the hub will be run by specialist police officers.
Rudd said in a statement:
“Online hate crime is completely unacceptable. What is illegal offline is illegal online, and those who commit these cowardly crimes should be met with the full force of the law.
The national online hate crime hub that we are funding is an important step to ensure more victims have the confidence to come forward and report the vile abuse to which they are being subjected.
The hub will also improve our understanding of the scale and nature of this despicable form of abuse. With the police, we will use this new intelligence to adapt our response so that even more victims are safeguarded and perpetrators punished”.