Disability Action has thrown its weight behind National Hate Crime Awareness Week by “popping up” in Harrogate’s Victoria Gardens.

A two-day pop-up shop, organised by Pride in Diversity, has appeared in the unit which housed Game and is an opportunity for members of the public to pop in for a cuppa, a cake and a chat.

In addition to Disability Action Yorkshire, the other organisations involved are The Samaritans, Harrogate & Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service, Harrogate and District Sanctuary, KokoPie Families, Inspire Youth and Diversity in Pride.

Cases of disability hate crime have increased by 22 per cent nationally, with 5,015 cases reported last year of which 2,538 cases involved actual violence.

In North Yorkshire, there were 45 cases reported last year as opposed to 26 in the previous year.

Jackie Snape, Disability Action Yorkshire chief executive, said the increase was partly due to more people being aware of hate crime, and also due to the police correctly identifying a crime as a “hate crime”.

She added: “It is still a concerning number, but we hope disabled people who are the victim of a hate crime feel they can report it to the police and not sit in silence.

“I would like to praise Pride in Diversity for organising this popup shop and we are delighted to be taking an active part of it.”

Further information about Disability Action Yorkshire is available from its website, https://www.disabilityactionyorkshire.org.uk/