Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Hate crime in Kent up 60% immediately after EU Referendum

Hate crime in Kent up 60% immediately after EU Referendum

The new analysis, compiled by the Press Association news agency, shows that a rise in incidents was seen in nearly every force in England and Wales, both year-on-year and when comparing the three months either side of the referendum.

The county's force was one of only three in England and Wales to record more than 1,000 hate crimes in the three months ending in September, up 46 per cent compared to April-June 2016.

Provisional figures on hate crimes published by the Home Office in October 2016 suggested that offences in July 2016 were 41% higher than in July 2015.

And statistics have revealed that the result saw further hate crimes across the United Kingdom soar in the three months after the decision for Brexit was declared on June 24.

However, the hate crime statistics include variations in how forces record offences, meaning that Nottinghamshire Police's decision to consider misogyny a hate crime may have had some affect on the figures.

A further 31 police forces reported that more than 1,500 offenses relating to the victim's race or religion had been recorded in the two weeks up to and including the day of the referendum, June 23.

British Transport Police received 620 reports of hate-related incidents - an increase of 34 per cent since before the European Union referendum.

Reacring to Wednesay's report, Paul Nuttall, the current leader of UKIP, said the data, which was collected by the police forces themselves, was "fabricated".

The area with the biggest Leave vote, Lincolnshire, saw hate crimes jump by 59 per cent. We can not allow such intolerable acts of hate to be condoned or repeated.

These categories are defined by statute, and have been used to compile the figures listed above, based on police force open data.

"The triggering of Article 50 is the next major milestone and we must do all we can to discourage hate attacks and to support people who feel at risk".

They also said the rise could be linked to the increased publicity about hate crimes, which might encourage more people to report offences or look for support.

Speaking to media at Parliament after a select committee appearance, Bush said he was concerned about a rise in reports of hate crimes around the country.

"The home secretary has been crystal clear that crime motivated by hostility and prejudice towards any group in society has no place whatsoever in a Britain that works for everyone", a spokesman said.

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