New hate speech crime not a priority


The new figures provide the first complete picture of hate crime recorded by police in England and Wales following the referendum on June 23 in 2016.

HATE crime figures in Hampshire have skyrocketed to an all time high, it has been revealed.

The figures show West Yorkshire recorded 1,013 incidents in the three-month period compared to South Yorkshire at 225, Humberside at 140 and North Yorkshire at 64.

According to new data by the Press Association, Kent Police logged 277 offences between July and September a year ago - a rise of 60 per cent from the number between April and June, and the highest quarterly figure since comparable records began in April 2012.

David Isaac, chair of the EHRC, said it "must be sensible to prepare for any possible spikes" in hate crime once Brexit negotiations got under way.

"I have been working closely with Kent Police through my different roles to understand the situation here in Kent relating to hate crime", he told us.

She also said that there had been more referrals in the aftermath of the European Union referendum: "Hate crime has no place in our society and every victim of this crime is one too many".

The charity Victim Support said they had witnessed an increase in the number of referrals after the decision to leave the European Union.

'The triggering of Article 50 is the next major milestone and we must do all we can to discourage hate attacks and to support people who feel at risk'.

He said: 'Of course there will be individual instances and people should never be victims of hate crime at all.

However, the Government was quick to downplay the idea of a hate crime law, with Justice Minister Amy Adams saying the proposal was "not something I'm aware of".

These categories are defined by statute, and have been used to compile the figures listed above, based on police force open data.

The new analysis, the Press Association says, provides a first full glimpse of hate crime statistics in the country following the June referendum vote, and has prompted The Equality and Human Rights Commission in the United Kingdom to warn the country's police departments to prepare for more possible spikes as Brexit negotiations get underway.

She said: 'Hate crime has no place in our society and every victim of this crime is one too many'.

Home Office data published past year showed hate crimes were up 41 percent in July compared to the same month in 2015.