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Hate crime charity dealing with more racial incidents in workplaces

The Director of a hate crime charity in the South West says they're dealing with more racial incidents in workplaces.

Alex Raikes from SARI (Stand Against Racism & Inequality) has told us that the abuse in certain places is getting worse, as well as more frequent. 

''We've seen a huge rise in attacks on staff in environments where there's complex clients. We've been called into our hospitals, mental health units, homeless services - in these services people are facing a much higher level of really, really awful racist abuse''

''This is an area that few people know about but we do, because we're the ones being called in on it. We're seeing staff face abuse to a level that's not been seen in a long time'' she said. 

Avon and Somerset Police say, across their force area, there was a 43% rise in racial hate crimes between 2016 and 2018, with 1,500 cases recorded in 2016 and 2,146 logged in 2018. 

Recent incidents include alleged racist abuse at Yeovil Town's match with Haringey Borough - which had to be adandoned - and similar incidents that were reported during a Bristol City match with Luton Town. 

In Bristol, there was also an incident where a man was abused whilst on a bus, while in Bridgwater an 11 year-old boy was targeted in what Police have been treating as a racially motivated attack. 

Alex has praised the football clubs for the manner in which they're dealing with the incidents, backing the 'pro-active approach' they've taken. 

Press play below to hear her talk about that in detail. 

''Pretty much every employer and every agency can do their bit to make a difference. Racism happens in every single area of life. It happens in every workplace, every school. It's like bullying, these things go on everywhere and it's definitely happening''

''It's great to have agencies like ourselves in an area, because we're a very rare outfit and there's not enough of us out there - very few areas in the country have a SARI. Having us means you've got a charity that is there for that issue, for those clients, for those people who're suffering. We're making sure their voices are heard and advocating and lobbying on their behalf to empower them - it's very crucial that someone is doing that'' said Alex. 

In the clip below, Alex tells us some more about the work that SARI do. 

If you want to report a hate crime, please click here. 

To find a list of support organisations for those affected by hate crimes, click here.

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