TRAFFORD Council is launching a competition for schools, colleges and youth groups across the borough to raise awareness of hate crimes.

Entrants are invited to design a poster or produce a piece of writing that challenges hate crime, raises awareness and understanding of hate crime, or promote tolerance and cohesion.

The categories are: tackling racism, homophobia, sexism, religious discrimination, disability discrimination and transgender discrimination.

Deborah Brownlee, corporate director for children, families and wellbeing, said: “Trafford Council is committed to eradicating hate crime within the borough and the competition is a fantastic initiative which will give our younger residents a greater understanding of the issues and consequences surrounding hate crime.”

Prizes will be awarded for each winning school and entry and there will also be an opportunity to display the posters and articles.