Hate crime and hate incidents
It’s important you're aware of how to spot the signs of hate crime and hate incidents in our communities during the summer months.
Hate incidents and crimes can take many forms and are not limited to discrimination on grounds of nationality or ethnicity.
They occur when a person is subjected to hostility or prejudice by another person or group because of their race, faith, disability, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity.
Please be vigilant when out and about and report any incidents online, by emailing email@example.com or by calling 0808 168 9274 (Freephone).
In an emergency, call 999.
Eating out and food allergies
Trading Standards is reminding food businesses in West Sussex to continue providing allergy information for consumers eating out during the summer months.
Since 2014 all food outlets must either explain to customers, or supply, allergy information about the foods they sell.
The change was intended to make it safer for people with food allergies, intolerances and hypersensitivities to eat out.
The Food Standards Agency provide online food allergy training and e-learning resources for food businesses, where they can learn more about managing allergens in a kitchen and how to cater for allergen information requirements.
Anyone who has experienced problems getting correct allergen information from any food outlet can report the matter to Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133 (Freephone).
You can also report other food and drink issues, including fish or animal species substitution and false claims about place of origin.
Tick this off your summer safety list!
If you are out in the West Sussex countryside this summer, watch out for a tiny arachnid that can cause a debilitating disease if it bites you.
Ticks can transmit bacteria that cause disease such as Lyme disease. Although not all tick bites result in disease, it is important to know how to avoid them and to take action if you or your family does get bitten.
Public Health England has produced a factsheet which has details about the health risks of tick bites, how to check your skin for ticks, remove a tick and how to prevent being bitten. For further advice, visit www.nhs.uk and search 'tick bites'.
In the run up to the summer holidays West Sussex Trading Standards are reminding people about the dangers of buying cheap electrical travel adaptors for use abroad.
Officers have previously identified several different potentially dangerous travel adapters, with one particular type of unsafe adapter found on sale in a number of West Sussex shops, an example can be found in this product recall, but adapters of this design have been sold under different brand names.
If you have bought a travel adaptor and have concerns about its safety, you can let Trading Standards know via their online reporting page www.westsussex.gov.uk/TSReport or by calling Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133 (Freephone).