Hate crimes rise by up to 100 per cent across England and Wales, figures reveal
Spike in cases comes after The Independent reveals police are planning to increase protection for vulnerable groups
The number of hate crimes recorded by regional police forces rose by up to 100 per cent in the months following the Brexit vote, new figures show.
Dorset saw the greatest increase, with the 104 offences logged between July and September 2016 equating to double the total from April to June. Across England and Wales the rise was 27 per cent.
Brexit Hate Crime Rise Statistics Reveal Most Areas Affected
People used the Brexit vote “to legitimise inexcusable racism and prejudice”.
Record levels of hate crime were reported by three-quarters of police forces across the UK in the aftermath of last year’s EU referendum, new analysis has shown.
In some areas of England and Wales the number of incidents jumped by more than 50%, while in Dorset hate crime reports were up 100%.
Hate crimes soar to hit record levels in wake of Brexit vote
Record levels of hate crime were recorded by three-quarters of police forces in England and Wales after last year’s EU referendum, new analysis has shown.
South Yorkshire bucks the trend as hate crime falls following Brexit vote
Hate crime fell in South Yorkshire after the Brexit vote – compared to most other places in the country which saw an increase in offences.
Between July and September last year, after the EU referendum, there were 225 hate crimes reported in South Yorkshire – down one per cent on the same period the year before.