The operator of the Tyne and Wear Metro has said it is “standing up” to hate crime ahead of an event on the service today. Nexus made the comments and hundreds of people are scheduled to attend an event at Monument station, in Newcastle city centre, this afternoon to highlight the effects of hate crime. This gathering has been organised by campaign group Citizens UK and is set to involve churches, mosques, schools, universities and a women’s centre. The people attending will talk about their experiences of hate crime on public transport. They hank public transport operators, including Nexus, for releasing a hate crime charter to provide more protection. After giving their testimonies they will board a train for Whitley Bay. Huw Lewis, customer services director at Nexus, said: Today marks the start of National Hate Crime Awareness Week, which runs until October 20.