1. The Greater Manchester Police (GMP) reported their first emo hate crime this week, under a new category targeting alternative subcultures.
Attacks based on subcultural identity are now people treating like hate crimes against race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity.
2. A 14-year-old boy and 44-year-old man were arrested following the assault of 16-year-old boy in Ashton-Under-Lyne.
The attackers have been released on police bail until May 7th pending further investigation.
4. The new hate crime category comes after pressure from the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.
It’s a charity for the 20-year-old goth who died following an attack on her and her boyfriend in 2007. They were walking through Stubbeyless Park when they were both assaulted. Lancaster suffered severe head injuries and never regained consciousness. Her attackers were sentenced a year later; the judge recognized her death as a hate crime.
Lancaster’s mom started the charity following her death in hope to raise awareness, respect and understanding of subcultures.
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