APCC Hate Crime Lead, Hardyal Dhindsa, Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire said:
“It’s deeply concerning to hear reports of people using offensive language or violence linked to the outbreak of coronavirus. Now, more than ever, it’s crucial that we come together and say #NO2Hate.
“Despite the significant policing challenges resulting from the national emergency, we all remain committed to tackling hate crime in any form.
“If you believe you have been the victim of a crime or incident motivated by hate, I would encourage you to report to the police by dialing 101, or by reporting online through True Vision at www.report-it.org.uk. Always dial 999 in an emergency. I would encourage you also to access the telephone and online support offered by victims services in your force area.”