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Rise in hate crime in England and Wales

Rise in hate crime in England and Wales

The number of hate crimes in England and Wales has increased by 29%, according to Home Office statistics.There were 80,393 offences in 2016-17, compared with 62,518 in 2015-16, the largest increase since the Home Office began recording figures in 2011-12.The biggest rise was in disability and transgender hate crimes, but this was due to better crime recording and more people coming forward, the report said.It also noted a spike in hate crime around the time of the EU referendum.There was also a rise after the Westminster Bridge attack in March this year.
The Home Office report said: "The increase over the last year is thought to reflect both a genuine rise in hate crime around the time of the EU referendum and following the Westminster Bridge terrorist attack, as well as ongoing improvements in crime reporting by police."Disability or transgender hate crimes increased by 53% and 45% respectively, but the majority of hate crimes were racially motivated.In 2016-17:
62,685 (78%) were race hate crimes
9,157 (11%) were sexual orientation hate crimes
5,949 (7%) were religious hate crimes
5,558 (7%) were disability hate crimes
1,248 (2%) were transgender hate crimes
Some crimes were recorded as having more than one motivating factor.
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