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Woman jailed for racially aggravated harassment and homophobic threatening behaviour

News   •   Jul 12, 2019 15:48 BST

Leanne Delaney

We have today welcomed the sentencing of a Liverpool woman for racially aggravated harassment and threatening behaviour.

Leanne Delaney, 41, of Gordon Street, Wavertree, was sentenced to 26 weeks imprisonment when she appeared at North Liverpool Community Justice Centre today, Friday 12th July.

The court was told that Delaney had racially abused a woman while visiting supported accommodation in Liverpool on Thursday 11th July.

Staff contacted police and Delaney was arrested nearby on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence and taken into custody.

While in custody she made homophobic remarks to the custody sergeant and was further arrested for a homophobically aggravated public order offence.

Delaney, who at the time of the offences, was serving a suspended sentence, pleaded guilty to both charges.

Detective Inspector Tracey Martin said: “This type of behaviour should not and will not be tolerated.

“I am pleased that the court took these matters seriously and that Delaney has been given a custodial sentence.

“Merseyside Police is committed to maintaining the rights of all our communities to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect and that any offences targeting people because of their race, disability, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity will not be tolerated.

"I would continue to urge victims of hate crime to report offences to the police so that we can take prompt action. However, we are acutely aware that sometimes people may be reluctant to come forward to the police, because of sensitivities or concerns they may have and there are other ways for people to report hate crime.

"If people don’t want to go through us they can go through third party reporting centres such as Registered Social Landlords, Daisy UK, who specialise in Disability Hate Crime reports (0800 694 2123) or Stop Hate UK, a 24/7 service which is a telephone reporting line (0800 138 1625)."