South Yorkshire Police: Report 'non-crime hate incidents'

A tweet from South Yorkshire Police has sparked confusion after it suggested all “offensive or insulting comments, online, in person or in writing” should be reported to the police.

The tweet reads: “In addition to reporting hate crime, please report non-crime hate incidents, which can include things like offensive or insulting comments, online, in person or in writing.

“Hate will not be tolerated in South Yorkshire. Report it and put a stop to it

The tweet immediately caused a wave of responses. Maajid Nawaz asked if his response was a hate crime:

Another use said: “Oh really? Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me, learnt when we were about 4 years old 😂.”

One person pointed out how overworked police already are, saying: “I can imagine e your frontline officers, already overworked, reading that tweet and staring miserably at their workload on the computer, desperately trying to remember why they joined the job.”

What has this country come to when the police are asking us to report any statement that could be seen as offence?