Smart phone App tackling hate crime launched in Limavady

An iPhone and Samsung Galaxy
Image caption The App is a free download

A new smart-phone App aimed at tackling hate crime is being launched in Limavady on Thursday.

The Hands Off My Friend App is available on the Apple and Android market and is free to download.

It is part of an anti-bullying campaign and allows people to anonymously report a hate crime when it happens.

Sinead Barr from Limavady Borough Council said it was a welcome tool in the fight against hate crime.

"This app has been specifically designed so that you can report this straight away and take a photo and send it as well.

The App is available in Limavady, Londonderry, Coleraine, Magherafelt and Strabane council areas, as well as Ballymena, Ballymoney and Larne.

PSNI Inspector Tony Callaghan said it addressed all forms of hate crime.

"We all really looking for information which is treated in the strictest confidence or people might leave details which can be followed up on.

"The App is particularly aimed at young people who are really media savvy.

"They are online all the time and this is our way of getting that low level information from them, to see what they see, or hear what they hear and take away the fear of having to contact the police directly."