British Transport Police will be out in force across the city this weekend as part of its ongoing support of Manchester’s Pride event.
Officers will be posted at key stations throughout the weekend, reassuring visitors and calling on the public to stop and chat and learn more about the Travel with Pride campaign which urges rail users to report any incidents of hate crime.
A number of officers will also be joining the main Pride parade through the city demonstrating the Force’s support to the event.
Inspector Michelle Wedderburn said: “As proud supporters of Manchester Pride we are delighted to be involved in this weekend’s celebrations. There will be a number of our officers at the main Manchester stations and we urge the public to stop and say hello and have a chat with us.
“As well as staffing our hate crime stalls and engaging with visitors to the event we will also be handing out our Travel with Pride leaflets and our text cards. If you feel uncomfortable or are the victim of any kind of abuse or harassment you can report it instantly via our discreet text number service 61016.
“Everyone has the right to travel safely and any harassment or abuse will not be tolerated. We encourage anyone who feels they have been targeted or who witnesses any incident of this nature to report it to us so it can be investigated.
“Above all, we want everyone who comes into the city for this fantastic event to feel safe, reassured and able to enjoy the occasion.”
To contact BTP or report a crime, call 0800 405040 or text 61016.