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Lasting rise in hate crimes in UK after Brexit

The most recent data shows that there were over 1,384 incidents of hate crime in the third week of August. Photograph: (Getty)

WION London, United Kingdom Sep 08, 2016, 04.38 AM (IST)
A lasting rise in hate crimes has been observed across England, Wales and Northern Ireland has been reported in the second half of July, nearly a month after the EU referendum vote. 

Incidents of hate crimes in the United  Kingdom remain significantly higher than they were a year ago, Guardian reported today.

According to the National Police Chiefs' Council report, there was an increase of 49 per cent in such incidents ( to 1,836) in the last week in July when compared with the previous year. The final week of July witnessed a record 58 per cent increase in recorded incidents to 1,787, the report says 

Racial abuse in Wales went up to 60 per cent over the EU referendum period, BBC Wales reported. 

The most recent data shows that there were over 1,384 incidents of hate crime in the third week of August. 

“Many victims are still afraid to come forward and so the scale of attacks could be far higher than what is being reported. The UN said two weeks ago that the problem of underreporting hate crime persists in Britain and the government’s own hate-crime strategy sets out to increase the reporting of hate crime, acknowledging one of the biggest challenges to the police in tackling it,” Jack Dromey, a British Labour Party politician told the Guardian. 

Previously published figures reveal that while the increase in hate crime has continued, the level of increase has declined. There was a 46 per cent spike in hate crime immediately after the June 23 referendum. 


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