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Religious or Racially Motivated Crime in Bristol 2016


Could you please provide figures for the number of religious or racially motivated crimes reported between June 1st 2015 & the 30th of June 2016 (or the most recent data covering a sixth month period) in the city of Bristol. I am aware that my request is asking for data in the future, but I am happy to wait for the 20 days for the request to be processed in order to get the most up to date information. I am interested in seeing whether violence against BME and EU migrants increased in the run up to the EU referendum and in the aftermath of Brexit. As you do not record group targeted, I believe the data on number of recorded crimes would be the best way of assessing this information.


In the period 1/1/16 to 30/6/16, we have recorded 569 hate crimes which have been flagged due to them being motivated by race or religion in the Bristol City area. 

Please find the breakdown of the crimes committed in the table below. Please be aware that the crime classification ‘Violence Against the Person’ relates to both assaults and public order offences. 

Crime   Committed




Criminal Damage


Other Offences


Sexual Offences


Theft and Handling Stolen Goods


Violence Against the Person


Possession of Weapons




Over the past two years, we have seen an increased level of reports of hate crime. As more victims feel confident about coming forward to report incidents, we expect these levels in Avon and Somerset to continue to increase. For us, that’s a tangible demonstration of their belief in us to tackle crime and bring offenders to justice.

The investigation around this type of crime is victim orientated. It is essential that when victims contact us that they can be confident that the investigation will take in to account what they want to happen and the outcome they are seeking.  We will support victims unequivocally from the point they report a crime and throughout the entire length of the investigation.

There is never an excuse for hate crime in any shape or form and this criminality will not be tolerated.

We promise to continue to work together with our partner agencies every day to make the communities of Avon and Somerset be safe and feel safe. More than ever we want those who are victims of hate crime to feel confident in the belief that we’ll take their reports seriously and make sure they get all the support they need.


FOI reference: 939/16.

Date of request: 18.07.16.