We have launched a new campaign in Birmingham in a bid to encourage more people to report incidents of hate crime.
National statistics from the Home Office have revealed that there were 44,480 hate crimes recorded across the UK by the police in 2013-14 – an increase of five per cent on the previous year (published in Hate crimes, England and Wales 2013 to 2014).
In the West Midlands there were 4,683 cases recorded in 2013/14 – an increase from 4,442 the year before. The figures for hate crime in the West Midlands currently show:
- the highest number of offences in the region are related to race - a staggering 3,957 cases,
- religious offences - 132 cases, up from 92,
- sexual orientation - 371 cases, up from 334,
- disability - 176 cases, up from 158, and
- transgender - 47 cases, up from 20.
What is hate crime?
Incidents can be motivated by race, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. Victims may be subjected to physical assaults or suffer damage to their property. They may also experience the threat of an attack or verbal abuse.
Pauline Hadley, Regional Manager for Crimestoppers West Midlands, said: “Hate crime is abominable and one incident is too many.
“We want to stamp this out and we would urge anyone who has information about the perpetrators of this crime to contact us anonymously.”
Contact us anonymously with information about hate crime
If you have any information about hate crime, please contact us anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the Anonymous Online Form.
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