HATE crime victims will now be able to get help via a ‘pioneering’ mobile phone app.

Race equality experts believe the scale of hate crime in Dorset, much like other parts of the UK, does go under-reported by victims.

The app, launched by Borough of Poole, Bournemouth Borough Council and Dorset Police, will be launched next week at Poole’s Civic Centre.

Chief executive of Dorset Race Equality Council Adnan Chaudry, said: “I am delighted with the great initiative. We know that there is still under-reporting of hate crime in Dorset and this app will make it easier for people to report incidents easily and quickly.”

The app will help users understand how to deal with hate crime, how to report it, give some insight into why it happens and were to seek help and support.

Dorset Police hate crime lead Superintendent Mick Rogers stresses the importance of reporting hate incidents and crimes cannot be underestimated.

He added: “We strongly encourage people to report however they feel comfortable. The priority for us is to ensure that victims of hate crimes are supported and that appropriate actions are taken and we do this through a partnership approach.”