United Kingdom hate crimes surge on Brexit and militant attacks

Ruben Ruiz
October 18, 2017

In the same year, there were 14,480 hate crime prosecutions completed across England and Wales - down 6.2 per cent from the year before.

The Home office said: "Due to the widespread reporting of and interest in hate crime around the time of the European Union referendum, information has been included in the statistical bulletin on the levels of hate crime recorded around the referendum which took place on the 23 June 2016".

HATE crime has soared to record highs after rising by 29 per cent in a single year, official figures claimed today.

Home Office statisticians said the increase was thought to reflect both a genuine rise in hate crime and ongoing improvements in crime recording by the police.

Racially motivated crimes accounted for the largest number of offences - 62,685 - up 27% on 2015/16.

The crimes continued to rise after the Westminster Bridge attack on the Houses of Parliament when terror suspect Khalid Masood rammed a vehicle into pedestrians and stabbed a policeman on duty at the Parliament gates, followed by the Manchester suicide bombing in May and terror attacks in London in June.

The figures indicate that the number of hate crimes has continued to rise since then, in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena suicide bombing, the London Bridge and Borough Market van-and-knife rampage, and the Finsbury Park van attack.

The report also noted that race hate crimes, which made up the vast bulk of all hate crimes, had increased after a man drove a auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London killing four people before stabbing a policeman to death outside parliament.

The overall figure of 80,393 for 2016/17 is the highest since figures of hate crimes were first collected in 2011.

Hate crimes are categorised as offences motivated by someone's hostility or prejudice towards an individual's personal characteristics.

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The Home Office report suggests that terror attacks on Manchester and London have led to sudden surges in hate crimes.

The majority of crimes recorded, 78%, were connected to racial hatred, followed by that of sexual orientation (11%), religion (7%), disability (7%), and transgender identity (2%).

The new figures come after it was revealed fewer alleged hate criminals were prosecuted past year.

The home secretary, Amber Rudd, agreed there was "absolutely no place" for hate crime in Britain but said the government was taking action to tackle it.

"The Tories have made great claims about tackling burning injustices".

"I am heartened that more victims are more confident to come forward and report incidents of hate crime, and that police identification and recording of all crime is improving".

The UK Home Office said it was spending 2.4 million pounds on protecting places of worship, a further 1 million pounds for vulnerable faith institutions and 900,000 pounds to support community projects.

The offences are broken down into five categories: race, religion, sexual orientation, disability and transgender.

The Crown Prosecution Service published data on Tuesday showing record numbers of tougher hate crime sentences being passed by the courts.

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