Residents are being reminded that help is available to report and tackle hate crime in the county.
A year ago, the Safer Northumberland Partnership launched a new mobile phone application to raise awareness of this sometimes hidden offence.
Available for iPhone and android phones, it includes information on how to deal with the traumatic effect of such crimes, why it happens, how to report it and where to seek help and support.
With hate crime thought to be widely under-reported nationally, the app allows individuals to report instances wherever and whenever they feel safe.
The Safer Northumberland Partnership includes Northumberland County Council, Northumbria Police, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, Northumbria Probation Service and Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group, as well as other partner organisations.
Its chairman, Coun Liz Simpson, said: “As a council, we are united in our approach that all hate crime is totally unacceptable and we take a zero tolerance approach to it.
“We also want as many people as possible to be aware that help is available.
“This app provides a wealth of information and support options at the touch of a button and hopefully encourages people to speak out about any issues they are facing.
“It is just one of our approaches to this issue, as we have also run numerous training sessions for groups throughout the county to raise awareness of hate crime as well as workshops with schools during anti-bullying week.”
The application can be downloaded for Apple and Android phones by searching for ‘Hate Crime 4’ through the App Store or Google Play store.