UK: Irish Traveller given north Wales hate crime role
An Irish Traveller has been appointed to help hate crime victims in north Wales.
27/9/2015- Martin Gallagher, 29, believes his own experiences can help him identify with victims in his role as a case worker. He will be based in St Asaph, Denbighshire, and give guidance and support to people who have been abused. Mr Gallagher said: "In the past I have been powerless to act and didn't know how to challenge and effectively report discrimination when it occurred." There are about 400 reported cases of hate crime in the North Wales Police force area each year. Mr Gallagher, who is also studying at Wrexham's Glyndwr University for a degree in youth community work, added: "It doesn't matter to what group you belong. People could be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, of different race, religion, age or disability it doesn't matter - hate crime is wrong and we need to do something about it. "I believe education is the answer and I intend to get out and visit schools, colleges, businesses and anywhere else I can get my message across."
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