If you think you have been a victim or witness to a crime you have a vital role to play. We need your help to tell us and sometimes the court, what happened so we can make fully informed and objective decisions.
You may well be feeling upset and have doubts about reporting what you have seen, but the information you give the police or others could bring a criminal to justice and prevent further harm.
There are several ways to report crime to the police:
Emergencies: In an emergency you should phone 999 and ask for the police
Non-emergency situations: In non-emergency situations you should phone 101 and you will be transferred to your local police force.
If you wish to remain anonymous you can report a crime to Crimestoppers by phoning 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Third party reporting
Third party reporting centres are safe, neutral locations within the community where people can report hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual assault incidents without having to contact the police directly.
Anybody can use this facility regardless of whether they are a victim, witness, or just someone who is aware of information that needs to be reported. You can report incidents at a third party reporting centre even if you do not want the police to investigate it.