WEST Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire Mark Burns-Williamson has backed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGB&T) History Month as the police's hate crime scheme continues.

Raising awareness of homophobic hate crime and how to report it is the focus of February’s LGB&T History Month.

Officers will now look to work with the transgender community at LGB&T History Month events.

LGB&T History Month aims to promote equality and diversity and celebrate the lives and achievements of both lesbian, gay and bisexual and trans communities.

The joint hate crime scheme began in October to raise awareness of the five strands of hate crime – race, sexual orientation, faith, disability and gender identity.

Mr Burns-Williamson said: "I am committed to tackling all hate crime, putting victims and witnesses at the heart of what we do, as we all have a responsibility to challenge the attitudes and behaviours that foster hatred."

Anyone with information about a hate incident can call 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency, online at westyorkshire.police.uk/hatecrime or report-it.org.uk or in person at a police station.