AN EVENT will be held today that will encourage locals to support victims of hate crime.

To mark National Hate Crime Awareness Week (October 8-15), organisations including the council, Berneslai Homes, Barnsley College, South Yorkshire Police, schools and community groups will gather at the Transport Interchange at 11am for a special ceremony.

The event, by the Midland Street entrance, will see the temporary formation of a ‘mini-forest’ of 16 small ornamental trees. Messages of support will be hung on their branches.

The trees will then be planted in community and public venues across Barnsley, including parks and gardens.