Hate crime linked to religion doubled in three years

Elias Hubbard
October 16, 2018

Terror attacks have helped drive up the number of hate crimes in England and Wales with spikes in the aftermath of incidents, official figures published today show.

Crimes targeted at people due to their sexual orientation made up 12% of the total (11, 638), with religious hatred at 9%, disability hate 8% (7,226) and transgender hate crimes 2% (1,651).

There was a similar rise in offences during the European Union referendum campaign with a peak in offences, many of them said to be against east...

Most religious hate crime - 52% of all offences - was aimed at Muslims.

Lammy, a champion of the group, said: "The extent to which hate crimes have risen in recent years is shameful".

"Similarly, it is no coincidence that the type of anti-immigrant language used by some mainstream politicians has corresponded with spikes in hate crimes".

The number of offences recorded by police jumped following the terror attack by Khalid Masood at Westminister a year ago.

The Home Office noted that there were peaks in racially or religiously aggravated offences following terrorist attacks such as the Lee Rigby murder in July 2013 and the Westminster Bridge attack in March 2017.

Findings from the separate Crime Survey for England and Wales, which tracks the public's experience of crime, suggest a drop of 40% in hate crime incidents in the past decade.

Just over three-quarters of those reported incidents - a total of 71,251 - were classified as "race hate". The combined 2015/16 to 2017/18 dataset estimates that there were 30,000 sexual orientation hate crimes per year.

Hate crime is defined as "any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards someone based on a personal characteristic".

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

Ageism and hatred of certain alternative cultures, such as Goths or punks, could also be included in future.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the conviction rate in hate crime cases was 84.7%, up from 83.4% the previous year. If so, it could lead to tougher sentences. They also showed that the number of offenses recorded by police rose to an all-time high of 94,098 - 17% higher than last year and more than double the number five years ago.

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