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Reports of Hate Crime in 2014/15 with Outcomes

Question

Please can you provide figures on the number of crime reports made in 2014/15 that were marked or flagged as possible hate crimes, broken down by crime type and the strand of hate crime (racial, disability etc). Please can you also provide information on the outcome of the crime.

Answer

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.

In 2014/2015 we recorded a total of 1,842 crimes flagged as motivated by hate. Please see the table below for the breakdown of hate motivation. Please note the total is higher than the total number of recorded hate crimes as one crime can be flagged with more than one type of hate motivation. For example, one hate crime can be flagged as both racially and religiously motivated. 

Flagged as :-

Count of Flags

Racial

1,412

Religious

125

Homophobic

245

Transphobic

45

Disability

112

No further info

63

Of the 1,842 crimes, please see the table below for the breakdown of outcomes. 

Outcome

Count

New - Under Investigation

2

Filed – Awaiting Outcome Classification

42

Charge/Summons

452

Caution - Youths

17

Caution - Adults

35

Taken into Consideration

2

PND (Penalty Notice for Disorder)

1

Community Resolution

77

Not in Public Interest (CPS)

12

Not in Public Interest (Police)

88

Offender Under Age

4

Offender too ill

2

No Suspect / Victim Decline

140

Suspect Identified/Insufficient Evidence

239

Suspect Identified/Victim Declines

245

Time Limit Expired

4

No Suspect / No Line of Enquiry/ Filed

480

Total

1,842

In relation to those crimes with an outcome of ‘time limit expired’, there is a six month time period in which to carry out investigations. In the majority of these cases, the expiration of these time limits can be explained by reasons such as the victim not reporting the incident to the police until after the six month time limit had expired.

FOI reference: 1009/16.

Date of request: 03.08.16.