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Anti-gay crime clear-up rate not good enough, PSNI told

By David Young

More needs to be done to catch those guilty of homophobic crimes in Northern Ireland, the Policing Board has urged.

A new report by the PSNI's scrutiny body has noted that 27% of all crimes committed in Northern Ireland last year were detected, but for incidents with a homophobic motivation the “clearance rate” was only 17%.

While the thematic review on policing with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals commended the PSNI on striving to address offences against that community, it said that work was still needed.

The detection rate for crimes against transgender individuals was 12.5% last year, although the number of incidents was low.

Chair of the human rights and professional standards committee Conall McDevitt said it had made 18 recommendations to the police.

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