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Hate crime shows 16% rise compared to June 2015

Published 01/08/2016

The EU referendum campaign has been widely linked to a reported surge in hate crime
The EU referendum campaign has been widely linked to a reported surge in hate crime

Hate crime has risen by more than 16% compared to last year, figures suggest, with offences linked to race and religion up by nearly a fifth.

Data released by police across the UK under the Freedom of Information Act shows that 6,305 offences were reported in June 2016, compared to 5,405 in June 2015.

Thirty-seven forces that gave data recorded 5,278 race and faith crimes in the calendar month this year, compared to 4,474 last year, a rise of 18%.

This covers the period leading up to and following the EU referendum, which has been widely linked to a surge in reported hate crime.

Some of the biggest leaps were seen in Cambridgeshire, Cleveland, Durham, Northumbria and Humberside, the research by housing association Viridian Housing showed.

Cambridgeshire recorded a rise from 45 to 102 comparing the two months, Cleveland 33 to 67, Durham 16 to 45, Northumbria 86 to 171 and Humberside 37 to 65.

Last week Home Secretary Amber Rudd unveiled an action plan to tackle hate crime, including an assessment of how police respond to the issue and an examination of levels of anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, homophobic and racist bullying in schools.

Prosecutors will be urged to press for tougher sentences for perpetrators, while a £2.4 million fund will be set up for security measures and equipment at places of worship such as mosques and churches that need increased protection.

Viridian Housing, which has 16,000 homes in the Midlands, West Sussex and London, has started handing out Red Cards to residents with contact information needed to report hate crime or get support.

Director of Operations Matt Campion: "Crimes committed simply because of who a person is have no place in our communities. Sadly, they are underreported. This is what makes us more determined to tackle this issue.

"We would urge all housing associations to reach out to their residents about this issue. We all have a responsibility to help stop it from happening."

On Sunday, the head of civil rights group Liberty, Martha Spurrier, accused the Government of creating a "a hostile environment for immigrants", which she claimed had fuelled the rise in hate crimes.

Official figures for the four weeks from mid-June showed that more than 6,000 alleged hate crimes and incidents were reported to police.

The daily rate peaked at 289 reports on June 25 - the day after the referendum result was announced.

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