Joint statement from Merseyside’s Police Commissioner, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor & LCR Pride Foundation


Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell has united with the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, and the LCR Pride Foundation to release a statement following recent incidents of homophobic and transphobic hate crime in Liverpool city centre.

"The Liverpool City Region’s diversity is one of our great strengths; a key part of what makes us such a welcoming, vibrant, and inclusive part of the world.
“The recent spate of homophobic attacks in Liverpool city centre fly in the face of those values and have understandably sent shockwaves throughout the region.
“That these attacks should occur during Pride Month, a time meant to celebrate our LGBT+ community is especially upsetting and only serves to underline why Pride events are still needed. Pride is a protest and there is still much to protest against.
“We are committed to making sure that everybody feels safe walking the streets of our region and comfortable being themselves.
“Everybody is welcome here. Violence, bigotry, and hatred are not.”

Emily Spurrell
Merseyside Police Commissioner

Steve Rotheram
Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor

Andi Herring
Chief Executive & Co-Founder LCR Pride Foundation

Report it today

If you have witnessed a hate crime, or have any information, please contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook at /MerseysidePoliceContactCentre. You can also call 101.

If, for any reason, you do not wish to the report to the police, the Police Commissioner works with independent charity Stop Hate UK to run a 24/7 confidential helpline for all victims of hate crime on 0800 138 1625 or You can also download the Stop Hate UK reporting app on Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Dedicated support for victims of hate crime is available through the Police Commissioner’s Victim Care Merseyside service delivered by Citizens Advice Liverpool. They can be contacted at [email protected] or by calling 0151 522 1400 ext. 5006.