Welfare centre will take crime reports

Bury Police have launched a hate crime reporting centre for Manchester Jewry.

The offices of Crumpsall-based welfare charity The Fed will be open to local Jews as a drop-in reporting point. Staff will be trained to log reported incidents on to a dedicated police database. It follows the establishment of a similar third-party reporting point at Brackman’s kosher bakery in Salford last month.

Police liaison officer for the Jewish community in Prestwich, PC Chris Grayshon, hopes the centres will reduce the number of unreported antisemitic incidents.

“Unfortunately the Jewish community often don’t want to report incidents to the police directly, or reports come in a couple of days late.”

Rumours circulating within the community that reporting a crime takes several hours were based on a misconception, he stressed. It could take as little as 10 minutes.

    Last updated: 4:11pm, July 22 2009