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Police faced big spike in hate crimes in June

By Hayden Smith

A recent spike in reported hate crimes and incidents peaked on the day after the EU referendum result was announced, new figures have revealed.

There were 289 alleged offences across England, Wales and Northern Ireland on June 25 - equivalent to 12 every hour, police data showed.

More than 3,000 hate crimes and incidents were reported to forces around the country in the second half of June - a rise of 42% compared with the same period last year.

The figures released by the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) provide the most comprehensive insight yet into the nationwide picture after a spate of reports sparked fears of a wave of xenophobic and racial abuse following the referendum.

Police forces were asked to file figures on hate crime on a weekly basis after reports to an online police portal indicated an increase. The first set of findings show 3,076 incidents were reported to police between June 16 and 30, a rise of 915, or 42%, compared with last year.

"At the peak in offending on June 25 2016, 289 offences occurred," the NPCC said. It added that since this point there has been a marked decrease in reports but figures will continue to be collated on a weekly basis to monitor the situation until further reductions are seen.

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