I have recently spent some time in Workington and I was unlucky enough to encounter a guy in a pub who made death threats of a homophobic nature. I reported these to the police in an official statement (which took three hours). A week later I was told that as it was my word against his, and none of his friends would confirm what he had said, the police were dropping the case. The moral of the story is if you experience homophobic and violent verbal abuse there’s little point in telling the police unless you have independent witnesses. Otherwise it’s a waste of your time reporting it as nothing will be done. My advice to people in Cumbria? If you can, move away to somewhere more accepting. Most are in the closet here, or have girlfriends / wives and have sex with guys on the side. Thankfully I live far away.
That is a sad indictment of reality over policy :-(
the reason so many homophobic crimes go unreported is because it is usually the police who are committing them.
The police don’t think it’s a big problem that’s a joke I came out in west Cumbria 20 years ago and was forced to move away as all my fiends were nothing had changed went back recently and had an incident. Encouraging that the police are trying to respond but trust me the problem is big in Cumbria!! Too many closets !!