Local brewery joins campaign to make Sussex #NoPlaceForHate

28/07/2016

One of the oldest independent breweries in Sussex, Harveys, is joining forces this weekend with Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC), Katy Bourne, to help make Sussex #NoPlaceForHate.

Between Friday (29 July) and Sunday (31 July), six Harveys pubs across Sussex will be using specially designed beermats that feature a QR code on the back that, when scanned, will quickly download the Self Evident hate crime reporting app onto customers’ smartphones.

Commenting on their support for the campaign, Harveys’ Operations Manager, David Pritchard, said: “Harveys Brewery is really pleased to be involved with such a sensible and important initiative as the Self Evident hate crime reporting app.

“Beer mats promoting the app will be prominent in our six Harveys managed houses in Sussex and we will do all we can to support this worthwhile campaign.”

Mrs Bourne said: “I am delighted that Harveys is on board with our campaign to encourage people to download the Self Evident hate crime reporting app and help make Sussex #NoPlaceForHate.

“Over the course of the weekend, Harveys staff will be uploading images of the beermats being used to Facebook and Twitter. These fun images will also be used to launch the PCC’s office Instagram page @sussexpcc.

“Like many, I have no time for bigotry and believe that no one should be singled out and victimised because of their race, faith, sexual orientation, gender or disability. Although there are some light-hearted elements to the campaign with the use of fun images and videos to encourage people to download the app it does however send out a very serious message, that hate crime will not be tolerated in Sussex.”

The Self Evident crime reporting app is a piece of smart technology developed by the social enterprise, Just Evidence. With financial backing from the PCC, the app now offers enhanced functions for tackling hate and enables victims to seek help directly from specialist support services as well as the police. The app’s ability to record, store and validate video, audio and photo evidence makes it particularly useful for anyone who witnesses or experiences hate and other crimes.

Guy Dehn, Director of Just Evidence, said: “We are committed to giving people practical tools to turn the tables on crime and injustice. With Katy Bourne giving a lead nationally and Harveys promoting a clear message across their pubs, we are confident the app can help make Sussex #NoPlaceForHate.”

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