Brexit: 'religious and racially-motivated offences' spiked after EU referendum, says Home Office

Brexit: 'religious and racially-motivated offences' increased after the EU referendum, says Home Office

The Home Office

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Figures published by the Home Office have revealed a steep rise in recorded 'religious or racially-motivated offences' in the wake of the vote on Britain's membership in the European Union. 

According to the report, incidents fitting these characteristics were "recorded by the police in July 2016 to be 41% higher than in July 2015."

The number of offences rose to more than 5,000, compared to just above 3,000 at the same time last year.

The offences are categorised as hate crimes. According to the police, this type of crime encompasses "any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards someone based on a personal characteristic.’ 

The Home Office listed these characteristics as race or ethnicity, religion or beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, and transgender identity.