United Kingdom hate crimes surge on Brexit and militant attacks

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There has been a dramatic rise in hate crime in Surrey and Hampshire, with the Home Office pointing to a noticeable increase around the European Union referendum.

The report also noted that race hate crimes, which made up the vast bulk of all hate crimes, had increased after a man drove a vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London killing four people before stabbing a policeman to death outside parliament.

The report also said courts are increasing sentences for hate crime prosecutions. Check back for the fullest version.

The number of recorded hate crimes, which include any crime motivated by race, religion, sexuality, disability, or transgender, rose to over 80,000 - has risen to nearly twice the level recorded four years ago.

"There has been a significant spike in incidents of hate crime and Islamophobic incidents in the aftermath of the London Bridge attack", Khan said.

"The Westminster Bridge attack occurred on the 22 March 2017".

The statistics also reveal that reported "hate crimes" are increasingly linked to identity politics.

Again, race was the motivating factor for the majority of offences.

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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.

"Race hate crime was the most commonly recorded strand of hate crime in all 44 police forces and for 41 forces, religious hate crime was either the third or fourth most commonly recorded strand, after either sexual orientation or disability", the latest release said.

"While some of this rise may be attributable to improved reporting methods, there can be no doubt the Brexit vote has had an impact".

CPS guidelines stress that "hate crimes" only need to be "perceived" by the "victim", can include "offensive comments", and "no evidence" is needed to record them.

Overall, the number of hate crime prosecutions was down from 15,542 in 2015/16 to 14,480 in 2016/17, while the number of referrals increased slightly from 12,997 to 13,086.

The number of people prosecuted for hate crimes has fallen in the past year despite an increase in reported incidents since the Brexit referendum.

"But it is very troubling that prosecutions are falling even though reported hate crime is going up".

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