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Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced a new national hub to tackle the emerging threat of online hate crime.
The hub, which will be run by police officers for the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC), will work to ensure online cases are managed effectively and efficiently and ensure better support for victims and help drive up the number of prosecutions.
The hub’s primary aim is to improve the police response to the problem of hate crime online and will ensure all online cases are properly investigated and will help to increase prosecutions for online hate crimes.
The hub is expected to be operational before the end of the year.
Rudd said: “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.”