Hate crime offences up 17% in England and Wales

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The Home Office data recorded an apparent increase in racially or religiously aggravated offences in March 2017 following the Westminster Bridge attack and a sharp increase in hate crime in June 2017 following terrorist attacks in May and June.

Three-quarters of the hate crimes, or 71,251, were based on race.

This annual increase rises to 40 per cent for religiously-aggravated hate crime, with crimes increasing from 5,949 to 8,336 in the past year alone.

Despite the fact that the increase in the number of registered hate crimes can be largely explained by the improvements in police recording, the bulletin acknowledged that there had been hikes in the hate crime following the referendum on the United Kingdom's exiting the European Union and the 2017 terrorist attacks.

Sexual orientation hate crimes and religious hate crimes became second and third in terms of prevalence, amounting to 12 per cent and 9 per cent of the total amount of hate crimes, respectively.

The total number of disability hate crimes dealt with by police forces is likely to be even higher as 11 forces across England and Wales failed to provide any figures.

New figures show that there has been a worrying surge in hate crime due to people's religious faith.

It includes a Law Commission review into hate crime legislation and £1.5 million of new funding for support programmes set up to eradicate prejudice.

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Two percent of recorded hate crime (1651 crimes) were those against transgender people - up a staggering 32 percent.

Findings from the separate Crime Survey for England and Wales, which tracks victims' experiences, suggested a drop of 40 per cent in hate incidents in the past decade.

The 2016 European Union (EU) referendum in favour of Brexit and terror attacks in the United Kingdom have been cited as some of the reasons behind the spike in the incidents of religious hate crime.

Some individual police forces began treating "misogyny" and offending women as hate incidents back in 2016 and London's Metropolitan force revealed past year they are considering following suit.

"It brought to light small changes that can make all the difference for someone who has been a victim of disability hate crime: from ensuring we speak in the right tone of voice and ask the right questions, to providing additional support after the report has been taken".

"It is completely unacceptable that anyone should live in fear of intimidation and violence because of their beliefs or the colour of their skin".

The figures were released as part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week, which runs between October 13 and October 20, and coincides with an update of the national plan for hate crime by the Home Office.

"We must challenge prejudice and intolerance, whenever and wherever it appears in our society". It was based on face-to-face interviews with victims and meant to give a broad overview of crime in that region.

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