Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel

Being a victim of crime is a traumatic experience for anyone. Being victimised because of racial origin, religious beliefs, disability or sexual orientation is even more offensive and CPS Wessex is working hard to successfully prosecute cases of hate crime.

Hate Crime is defined as: Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person's race or perceived race; religion or perceived religion; sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation; disability or perceived disability and any crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender.

We have specific policies tackling:

  • Racist and religious hate crime
  • Homophobic and transphobic hate crime
  • Disability hate crime
  • Crimes against older people

For more information on our policies please visit our national website.

The panel meet four times a year and is vitally important; having a crucial part to play in helping us to ensure our service to victims and witnesses is always as good as it can be.

Panel members are drawn from local communities and involve a wide range of people from many backgrounds. The panel is independently facilitated by Dr Nathan Hall from the University of Portsmouth. Cases are presented by the Area Hate Crime Champion who also answers any questions the community members may have. The Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor sits on the panel and ensures that issues are actioned appropriately. The three police forces across Wessex are also represented.

The panel members are given full access to concluded hate crime cases and then highlight best practice or suggest areas for improvement.

Community Panel Members

Nathan Hall, University of Portsmouth

Roger Redding MBE, Rev to Gypsy / Traveller Community, Wiltshire 

Jane Jones, Dorset Race Equality Council 

Helen Thompson, Transgender Community, Wiltshire and Swindon

Rajni Bail, Ethnic Minorities Team, Eastleigh Borough Council 

Victim Support 

Sharin Mashih 

Amanda Frost, Bournemouth People First 

Paul Thomas, Bournemouth People First, Independent Learning Disability Advisor 

Farzana Saker, West Wiltshire Interfaith Group 

Anver Jeevanjee, Cultural Diversity Advisor, Retired Immigration Judge 

Angie Carmichael, Director, Wiltshire People First 

John Gordon, Retired Magistrate

Jane Healy, Dept of Criminology & Sociology, School of Law, Middlesex University

Wendy Christie

Jemma Tyson, Lecturer, University of Portsmouth

John Hemstead, Bournemouth Islamic Centre and Central Mosque

Bernadette Macdonald-Raggett, Director, Restore Support Network, Dorset, BME Community Engagement Representative

Anas Al-Korj, Muslim Community Leader, Southampton

Nila Murday, Safeguarding and Governance Consultant, Hampshire County Council

John Hyde, Dorset

Alan Mercel-Sanca, LGB&T Dorset Equality Network and UK Nepal Friendship Society