Recorded hate crime increases by 17%

Ageism could be made a hate crime

Ageism could be made a hate crime

'Currently, crimes based on sexual orientation, gender identity and disability are not treated equally to those based on race and faith.

The majority of these crimes - some 52 per cent - were directed at Muslims.

There were 80,393 hate crimes recorded by police in England and Wales in 2016/17, an increase of 29% compared with 2015/16.

Crimes recorded as "violence against the person" were the most common, which includes physical assault, stalking, harassment and malicious communications. We want victims to be confident in coming forward, and we regularly review our overall response to hate crime, to continue to improve our work with communities.

The anti-Brexit campaign group Best for Britain said that "comments like Brexiteer Boris Johnson's letterbox comments have fuelled hate crime".

There was also a 30 per cent rise in offences against people with disabilities, and a 40 per cent increase in religiously motivated crime.

"We would urge anyone experiencing hate crime to give details to the police or to any third party reporting agencies".

The Home Office report suggested that the surge in reported hate crimes was driven by improvements in the way these crimes are identified and recorded by police.

According to the bulletin, the number of hate crimes has been steadily growing over the past years, with the number of such offenses have more than doubled since the year of 2012-2013.

The Home Office data reports the proportion of hate crimes against different demographics of people vary widely across police forces, with a total of 94,098 hate crimes recorded by police across England and Wales in 2017-18.

A new nationwide public awareness campaign to launch later this autumn created to educate on what hate crime is.

It will also explore whether crimes motivated by misandry, or prejudice against men, and attacks against the elderly based on ageism should be classed as hate crimes.

Alex Mayes, of Victim Support, said the figures were "startling" but reflected a greater awareness around hate crime and an improved police response.

Efforts will also be made to develop a deeper understanding the issue of hate crimes are affecting disabled people.

Some forces log other types of hostility under the hate crime heading, including reports of misogyny and incidents where victims were targeted due to their age or membership of an "alternative sub-culture", such as goths.

Overall recorded hate crimes were up, with almost 100,000 crimes reported.

And, of course, we know that too many elements of our society brand mere differences of opinion as hate.

Ahead of the statistics, the government published a refreshed strategy for tackling hate crime.

An independent body that regularly determines whether laws need to be updatedWhat is a hate crime?

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