Big Increase In Race Hate Crime In Rotherham
Some community leaders believe the terrorist attacks in Paris have inflamed an already toxic atmosphere in the town.
A surge in religious and race hate crimes is causing renewed alarm within the town of Rotherham.
Children as young as five are said to have been racially abused and one estimate suggests a tenfold increase in hate crimes.
Community leaders have called for Government intervention amid claims that some of the crimes were going unpunished.
Others say local shoppers are travelling out of the town due to the number of far-right protest marches.
An advocate for abused children, Chrissy Meleady, said she had seen far right extremists chasing a family and screaming “Muslim paedophile” at a seven-year-old boy.