Recorded hate crime increases by 17%

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Recorded hate crime in England and Wales rose by nearly a fifth last year, according to police figures.

There were 94,098 such offences in total in 2017/18, an increase of 17% on the previous year.

This included 71,251 classed as race hate crimes; 11,638 (12%) offences triggered by sexual orientation; 8,336 (9%) where religion was a factor; 7,226 (8%) motivated because of someone's disability; and 1,651 (2%) were transgender hate crimes.

Some offences are classed more than once because they have more than one motivation.

Data from the Home Office shows that the sharpest rise was in religious hate crime, which rose by 40% from 5,949 in 2016/17.



Of those offences, almost 52% were religious hate crime aimed at Muslims.

The number of offences recorded as transgender hate crimes went up by 32% from 1,248, disability rose by 30% from 5,558, and sexual orientation increased by 27% from 9,157.

The number of hate crimes according to police figures has more than doubled since 2012/13 from 42,255 to 94,098.

Alex Mayes, Policy and Public Affairs Advisor at independent charity Victim Support said: “It’s startling to see the number of hate crimes reported more than double in the last five years, although this rise does reflect a greater awareness around hate crime and an improved police response.

“These statistics also mirror our own experience as over the past year we have offered information and support to around 25,000 people which is an increase of 23% on the previous year.

“Despite these rises, hate crime remains hugely underreported. We want people to know that hate crime will be taken seriously and there is support available to anyone who needs it.”


Sajid Javid: 'These attacks have a personal effect'

Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, has also said he’s seen an increase in hate crime aimed towards him since becoming a member of the cabinet.

The politician said he had been called names such as "a coconut, Uncle Tom and much worse" since taking on his post earlier this year.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Javid said he had also been sent a "Punish a Muslim Day" letter.

"No matter who you are, these attacks have a personal effect," he said.

"Sadly, we still hear incidents of intolerance, whether it's a migrant being told they don't belong, a disabled child being verbally abused, a Muslim woman having her veil torn off or anonymous keyboard cowards infecting the internet with hatred."

Hate crimes and incidents are defined as those perceived to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a personal characteristic.

Five strands are monitored centrally: race or ethnicity; religion or beliefs; sexual orientation; disability; and transgender identity.