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Race/ Religiously Motivated Hate Crime Reports Since 2009

Question

1. I would like to know how many reports of race and faith hate crime there have been each year since 2008.

2. How many of those reports were committed by children under 11.

3. How many were committed by children under 16.

Clarification received 13th January 2018:

I would like to know the total number each year and then those where the suspects were under 11 & 16.

Answer

Please see the table below for the number of race and/or religious motivated hate crimes.

Year

count crime

2009

1569

2010

1341

2011

1205

2012

1024

2013

1108

2014

1369

2015

1517

2016

2052

2017

2391

The separate figures for race and religious motivated crimes are below. Please note that one crime can be recorded as motivated by more than one type of hate, therefore the sum can be higher than the number of crimes. For example, a crime can be motivated by both race and religion.

 

Racial

Religious

2009

1540

69

2010

1312

67

2011

1189

48

2012

997

50

2013

1068

71

2014

1322

100

2015

1453

139

2016

1953

168

2017

2254

232


Please see the number of race and/or religious hate crimes broken down by suspects aged under 11 and 16 years below.

Please note that those aged under 11 years are also included in the under 16s table.

Year

Count crime suspect under 11

 

Year

Count crime suspect under 16

2009

18

 

2009

139

2010

18

 

2010

135

2011

4

 

2011

103

2012

8

 

2012

74

2013

11

 

2013

87

2014

10

 

2014

79

2015

14

 

2015

70

2016

5

 

2016

49

2017

16

 

2017

114

Children under the age of ten are not considered to have reached an age where they can be held responsible for their crimes. Because they are under the age of 'criminal responsibility' they cannot be charged with any criminal offence. No child under the age of ten shall be guilty of a crime; however they can still commit an offence which will be recorded. Please find details below concerning instances were a child under 10 has been believed to be responsible for or suspected of an offence. 

All reports of crimes made where the offender (if age known or otherwise) is under the age of 10 years must be recorded as a crime. It is a matter for Chief Officers to decide the extent to which any such report is investigated.

FOI reference: 039/18.

Date of request: 09.01.18.