Hate crime linked to religion doubled in three years

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Religious hate crimes have surged by 40% in England and Wales, according to figures released by the United Kingdom government Tuesday.

The increases reflect a trend that has now lasted several years.

Alternatively, you can report Hate Crime online anonymously via True Vision.

In total, there were 94,098 hate crimes in 2017/18, 76% of which were recorded as race hate, and 9% of which were religious hate offenses.

It can include verbal abuse, intimidation, threats, harassment, assault and bullying, as well as damage to property.

The police figures showed that more than half (56%) of the hate crimes recorded were for public order offences and a further third (33%) were for crimes involving violence against the person.

The Home Office identifies "five centrally monitored strands of hate crime": race or ethnicity, religion or beliefs, sexual orientation, disability and transgender identity.

Offences are classed a few times if they have multiple motivations.

Of almost 8,300 reported reasons for hate crimes across the six forces in the east of England, 1,311 were due to disability.

There were 94,098 hate crime offences recorded in 2017-18, majority race-related.


"Each hate crime that is not reported is a missed opportunity to support the victim". It provides some real depth to a complex and little understood phenomenon. Jews were the next most commonly targeted group - at 12%.

The detailed monthly figures also confirm what experts have long said - that moments of tension such as the 2016 Brexit vote, terrorism incidents or worldwide crises trigger short-term "spikes" in hate. About 21 percent were prompted exclusively by religious bias, most of it targeted toward Jews and Muslims.

Curiously, police recorded 237 incidents where the perceived target religion was "no religion" at all.

The number of hate crimes according to police figures has more than doubled since 2012/13 from 42,255 to 94,098. They stress that this is the first set of statistics and - as such - is experimental, adding that it will be improved in the future.

There is definitely evidence of tensions between some Sunni and Shia Muslims, the two traditions of Islam, and documented persecution of the separate small Ahmadiyya community, which is theologically rejected by others.

The Home Office noted that some offenses had more than one motivating factor.

The independent body, which investigates if laws need updating, began its review of hate crimes following a campaign by the Labour MP Stella Creasy to have offensive comments about women be recognised as hate crimes.

It's now emerged that the same review will also consider hostility towards men.

Some forces log other types of hostility under the hate crime heading, including reports of misogyny and incidents where victims were targeted due to their age or membership of an "alternative sub-culture", such as goths. The report suggested that hate crime incidents had dropped 40 percent over the past decade, as crime overall fell 39 percent.

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