Religious hate crimes surge by 40% in past year

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They also showed that the number of offenses recorded by police rose to an all-time high of 94,098 - 17 percent higher than last year and more than double the number five years ago.

Currently, the Crown Prosecution Service defines a hate crime as a range of "criminal behaviour where the perpetrator is motivated by hostility or demonstrates hostility towards the victim's disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity". Of that figure 76 per cent were labelled as "race hate".

The latest figures show an upward trend in recent years with hate crimes more than doubling since 2012-13, when 42,255 were recorded.

According to the police figures, the number of hate crimes has more than doubled since 2012/13, when 42,255 were recorded.It is partly because of improvements in the way crimes are reported, but there have also been spikes of hate crime after events like the Brexit referendum and the terror attacks previous year.

However, other terrorist attacks do fit within the centrally monitored hate crime strands, such as the Finsbury Park Mosque attack, which did appear to be against a specific religion so is included as a hate crime in the report.

The Home Office also said Tuesday that crimes motivated by prejudice against women, men or the elderly may be classified as hate crimes, following a review of current legislation.

The training was designed by not-for-profit group Dimensions, whose research reveals that while 73% of people with learning disabilities and autism have experienced hate crime, less than half (48%) have reported it to the police, as they often feel anxious about doing so.

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Gary FitzGerald, chief executive of charity Action on Elder Abuse, said: "We welcome today's announcement that a review into hate crime legislation will consider the need for elder abuse to become an aggravated offence".

The Labour Party MP David Lammy, who is part of the pro-Europe Best for Britain campaign, blamed the rise in hate crime on the rhetoric of Brexiters.

Leeds has set out a clear no tolerance message regarding hate crime, and anyone who is experiencing it can be assured that if reported, it will be taken seriously.

However, it noted that there were spikes in hate crime following the Brexit vote in 2016 and terrorist attacks past year, such as the Westminster Bridge vehicle attack and stabbing, the Manchester Arena bombing and the London Bridge and Borough Market attack.

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"Hate crime goes directly against the long-standing British values of unity, tolerance and mutual respect - and I am committed to stamping this sickening behaviour out", United Kingdom home secretary Sajid Javid said at the launch of the action plan.

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