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Police fly flag against prejudice

Greater Manchester Police is flying the flag for an international event to raise awareness of prejudice against gay and transgender people.

The force is flying a rainbow flag above its Chester House headquarters.

It was raised by the Chief Constable Peter Fahy ahead of Sunday's International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

The flag is the internationally recognised symbol for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

Mr Fahy said: "This shows Greater Manchester Police's commitment to ensuring people, whatever their individuality, can feel safe in the city.

"Every day a number of hate crimes are reported to us, which I always find alarming.

"Whether people are gay, disabled, black, Muslim or Jewish, we find that there is a level of abuse directed at them.

"This tells us that there is still a great deal of prejudice and hatred out there, but we are determined to show our support for anyone who feels they have been targeted because of their individuality."

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