26 January 2015

We are urging members of the public to report incidents of hate crime in Birmingham. National statistics from the Home Office have revealed that there were 44,480 hate crimes across the UK recorded by the police in 2013-14 – an increase of five per cent on the previous year.*

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.

A total of 4,683 incidents of hate crime were recorded in the West Midlands in 2013/14 – an increase from 4,442 the year before.

The highest number of offences in the region related to race with 3,957 cases - an increase on 3,838 the previous year.

The research also indicated there had been 132 cases of religious hate crime, an increase of 43 per cent. Offences against transgender people had also increased by 135 per cent (47 incidents) Small rises were also recorded in the number of incidents relating to sexual orientation, 371 cases, and disability, 176 cases.

West Midlands Crimestoppers is now urging the public to speak out about the perpetrators of the crime in a bid to stamp it out.

Pauline Hadley, Regional Manager for West Midlands Crimestoppers, said: “Hate crime is abominable and one incident is too many.

“It is totally unacceptable to attack or threaten anyone because they identify as a particular race, religion, sexual orientation, or have a disability.

“We want to stamp this out and we would urge anyone who has information about the perpetrators of this crime to contact us anonymously.

“We understand it’s not easy to step up and report someone, especially if they’re a close friend or family member, but we do not take personal details and we can’t trace information given on the phone or online. No-one will ever know you contacted us.

“You’ll never have to give a statement to police or appear in court.

“We don’t want to know who you are, just what you know.”

If you have any information about hate crime, please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the Anonymous Online Form.

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*Home Office statistics published in Hate crimes, England and Wales, 2013 to 2014.

For more information please contact Crimestoppers Media Officer Hannah Mouland on 020 8835 3737 or email hannah.mouland@crimestoppers-uk.org.

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