Reported hate crimes up 10% to record high

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Hate crimes hit a record high in the last year with a surge in the number of reported offences triggered by sexual orientation and transgender identity, official figures show.

Police in England and Wales recorded 103,379 hate crimes in 2018/19 – 10% more than the previous year and more than double the 2012/13 figure of 42,255.

Police-recorded hate crime offences in England and Wales
(PA Graphics)

Race remained the main trigger in the majority of reported offences at 76% of the total, an 11% rise in the last year from 71,264 to 78,991.

There were jumps in the number of transgender identity hate crimes – up by 37% in the last year from 1,703 to 2,333 – and a 25% hike in offences motivated by sexual orientation (14,491, up from 11,592).

Disability hate crimes rose by 14% from 7,221 to 8,256; and offences triggered by religion rose by 3% from 8,339 to 8,566, the data showed.

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The increases are partly because of improvements in the way crimes are recorded, but there were spikes seen after events such as the EU referendum and the terrorist attacks in 2017, as well as a rise in reports in the summer of 2018 and January this year.

  • race or ethnicity;
  • religion or beliefs;
  • sexual orientation;
  • disability;
  • transgender identity.

Over half (54%) of the hate crimes recorded by the police were for public order offences, a third (36%) involved violence while 5% were recorded as criminal damage and arson.

Around 12% of the offences were estimated to have more than one motivation, with the majority of these being both race and religion.

Hate crimes are defined as those perceived to be motivated by hostility or prejudice of a characteristic.

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

But some police forces log other types of hostility under hate crime, including reports of misogyny and incidents where victims were targeted because of their age or membership of an “alternative sub-culture”, such as goths.

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      Thinkout’s Baker Gunes said certain legal loopholes in Europe did not punish people who commit Islamophobic crimes.
      “In most places you cannot open a case personally [over a complaint of Islamophobic crime],” he said, adding that certain new legal arrangements for such crimes should be made.

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      Junuzovic also said discrimination against Muslims is on the rise, according to recent research.
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      The party political manifestos, which have been published over the course of the week, show varying degrees of commitment by the three main parties to tackle anti-Muslim hatred.

      The Labour Party announced in its manifesto: “We will make sure hate crime is properly recorded, including incidents of Islamophobia. Labour will develop a cross- government strategy on hate crime, from schools to social media, to tackle the growth in anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.”

      The Liberal Democrats stated that the party “Will work closely with faith and community organisations, such as the Community Security Trust and the Muslim Council of Britain, to prevent hate crime, including at places of worship like synagogues and mosques. We are determined to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim hate in the UK and internationally.”

      The Conservatives, despite announcing a commitment to mandate police forces to record anti-Muslim hate crime last month, have committed only to “review the legislation governing hate crimes”.

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