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Religiously Motivated Hate Crime

Question

I would be interested to learn what incidents of religiously motivated hate crime you have recorded in the period 2010 to date, where there has been use of social media linked with the offence, or used as evidence to bring a charge, etc.

Clarification received 22nd April 2016:

If you could search the religiously-motivated hate crime files for the following keywords, I'd be grateful:

1) Facebook

2) Twitter

3) Tumblr

4) Instagram

5) YouTube

6) LinkedIn

Answer

A search has been conducted of religiously motivated hate crimes where the motivation type has been recorded as religion or belief and where one or more of the above social media sites occur in the text of the modus operandi (MO).

Please note that there may be further religiously motivated incidents which have not been captured in this search as they have been recorded under the category of racially/religiously motivated hate crime and not specifically religious.

 

Please find the requested information in the table below:

 

Year

Incidents

2010

 

2011

1

2012

 

2013

2

2014

2

2015

8

2016

3

Total

16

 

FOI Ref: 624/16

Date of Request: 22.04.16