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Hate Crime Reports Since 2015/16 Broken Down by Area and Hate Motivation

Question

How many reports of hate crimes the Constabulary received in the following years:

(a) 2015/16,

(b) 2016/17 and

(c) 2017/18 (to date).

Please can you break this information down to:

i) District policing area/community partnership area where the reported crime took place

ii) The nature of the alleged hate crime i.e. was it racial/religious/disability

iii) Date of the incident

Answer

Please find the requested information for parts (i) and (ii) in the table below. Please note that one hate crime can be tagged with more than one type of hate motivation. For example, a hate crime could be motivated by both hate and race.

I am unable to provide you with the information broken down by specific date of each incident as to provide all the information together would identify personal information.

The exemption applicable to this is Section 40(2), third party personal information. This is an Absolute exemption so therefore there is no requirement to conduct a harm or public interest test. Any information is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act if it relates to or is supplied by another individual and disclosure of that information would contravene any of the principles of the 1998 Data Protection Act, in this particular case, disclosure of this information would contravene Principles 1 and 2 of the Act, whereby personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully and only obtained for one or more specified purpose or purposes.

If you were to amend your request, I may be able to assist in providing some information which is of use to you. For example, you may wish to request a breakdown of crimes month/year. This could then be assessed for suitability for disclosure. 

 

Hate Total

2015/2016

Bath & North East Somerset

205

 

Bristol

1291

 

North Somerset

164

 

Somerset

405

 

South Gloucestershire

245

2015/2016

Sum:

2310

 

 

 

2016/2017

Bath & North East Somerset

259

 

Bristol

1762

 

North Somerset

246

 

Somerset

638

 

South Gloucestershire

294

2016/2017

Sum:

3199

 

 

 

2017/2018

Bath & North East Somerset

230

 

Bristol

1271

 

North Somerset

198

 

Somerset

472

 

South Gloucestershire

242

2017/2018

Sum:

2413

 

Force

Racial

Religious

Sexual Orientation

Transphobic

Disability

Other / Unspecified

Sum:

2015/2016

1467

131

287

43

219

398

2545

2016/2017

1952

174

333

62

350

739

3610

2017/2018

1548

165

272

52

179

456

2672

FOI reference: 1527/17.

Date of request: 09.12.17.