Saturday, 18 November, 2017

'Hate Crime' Prosecutions Fall Despite Record Number of Reports

Hate crime prosecutions are down despite huge rise in reports Hate crime levels spike in the wake of terror attacks as police record more victims
Tracy Craig | 20 October, 2017, 00:51

Following the Brexit vote, Police dismissed media claims that there had been a 57 per cent rise in "hate crimes", as the figure related to a rise of just 31 unverified claims made on the True Visions website in a 96 hour period when compared to the previous year.

"Hate crimes are still under-reported especially when the crime is committed online, Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton, the the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) lead for hate crime, said in a statement".

The UK has registered a 29 per cent surge in hate crimes in the wake of Brexit and terrorist attacks in the country, according to new Home Office figures released today.

The Home Office said that as well as a genuine rise some of the increase was thought to be down to "ongoing improvements in crime recording by the police".

It added: "There was an increase in these offences from April 2016, which reached a peak in July 2016".

The ONS data found the majority of hate crimes, 78 per cent, were race hate crimes.

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Despite the rise in offenses, prosecutions for hate crimes actually declined in the year to 2016/2017, from 15,442 to 14,480 people.

This tally was down from 15,442 in the previous financial year, a fall of almost 1,000, or 6.2 per cent.

This means that the courts passed increased sentences in more than 6,300 cases.

"Race hate crime was the most commonly recorded strand of hate crime in all 44 police forces and for 41 forces, religious hate crime was either the third or fourth most commonly recorded strand, after either sexual orientation or disability", the latest release said. The number of aggravated offences recorded then declined in August 2016, but remained at a higher level than prior to the European Union referendum.

"And we are working with the police at a local and national level to understand the reasons for the overall fall in referrals in the past two years".

'The significant increase in uplifts since 2007 reflects the hard work of the CPS and police to present these cases in court and we aim to increase the proportion even further by 2020'.

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