The police force for Middlesbrough is Cleveland Police.
If you are a victim of a crime, you should report it to the police, who can support you. If possible, they will investigate what happened, find the people responsible, and prosecute them if there is enough evidence.
- If it is an emergency (if someone is in danger or has been hurt) you should call 999.
- If it is not an emergency (if the crime has already happened and nobody is in danger or has been hurt) you should call 101.
If you go to the police for help, you can ask for an interpreter. You can also ask a friend or relative to help you.
What to expect when you report a crime
When you report a crime the police will ask for your details. These are things like your name, date of birth, your address, and phone number.
They may also ask you about your ethnicity and your sexual orientation. You do not have to answer these questions. They ask these questions to make sure they are doing a good job with people from different backgrounds.
If you do report a crime the police will explain what will happen next. They should also give you the contact details of the police officer dealing with your case and a crime reference number. Make a note of this number somewhere and keep it safe – you will need it if you want to contact the police again about the incident, or if you want to make an insurance or compensation claim.
What happens next?
When you report a crime, the police should also ask you if you are happy for your details to be passed to Victim Support. Victim Support is an independent charity which helps and supports victims of crime.
If you say yes, Victim Support will automatically get your contact information and brief details about the crime. They will then contact you to see how they can help. If you don’t want them to contact you, tell the police officer. You can change your mind later, and you can contact them directly at any time for help and support.
Cleveland Police explains hate crime as follows:
Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person's:
- race or ethnicity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
- transgender identity
This can be committed against a person or property. A victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime.
Hate incidents can feel like crimes to those who suffer them, and often get worse, leading to crimes or tension in a community. Because of this, the police are particularly concerned about hate incidents, and encourage people to report them. The police can only prosecute people when the law is broken, but for hate incidents they will work with partners to try and prevent things getting more serious.
There are lots of places in Middlesbrough where you can report hate crime. They can be found on the Cleveland Police website, under 'a list of all Third Party Reporting Centres in the Cleveland Police Area'. Members of the LAASLO team are also trained Hate Crime Champions.