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Racially Motivated Hate Crimes Pre Brexit and Post Brexit

Question

Q1. I would like to know how many reports of racially motivated hate crimes were made per month in the 12 months prior to the EU referendum and for every month since the referendum.

Q2. I would like to know how many reports resulted in a formal investigation, how many resulted in a charge, how many were prosecuted and how many were found to be spurious reports.

Answer

Q1. Please see the number of reported racially motivated hate crimes for the specified time period, broken down by month in the tables below:

Racial Hate Crime (Pre Brexit):

Racial Hate Crime (Post Brexit):

Occurrence Created Month/Year

Hate Type Derived

Crime Count

Occurrence Created Month/Year

Hate Type Derived

Crime Count

Jun-15

Racial

37

Jun-16

Racial

61

Jul-15

Racial

124

Jul-16

Racial

247

Aug-15

Racial

134

Aug-16

Racial

199

Sep-15

Racial

116

Sep-16

Racial

179

Oct-15

Racial

112

Oct-16

Racial

170

Nov-15

Racial

102

Nov-16

Racial

151

Dec-15

Racial

117

Dec-16

Racial

133

Jan-16

Racial

109

Jan-17

Racial

120

Feb-16

Racial

119

Feb-17

Racial

84

Mar-16

Racial

144

Sum:

1,344

Apr-16

Racial

159

May-16

Racial

136

Jun-16

Racial

139

Sum:

1,548

Q2. Of the 2,892 crimes, 2,660 were investigated by an Officer in Case. With reference to prosecutions, please note that a charge is a type of prosecution. We have identified a total of 222 charges and a further 23 postal requisitions totalling 245 prosecutions. We do not record crimes as spurious, however, 32 records we ‘no-crimed’. 

There are five ways in which an offence can be deleted as a crime from the system.  The most common explanation is that “additional verifiable information” which was not available at the time of the original classification shows that the matter did not occur as reported; it must be ‘proven beyond any doubt that the offence did not occur.’  Others are:

  • Where the offence was committed outside of the jurisdiction of the police force in which it was recorded. The relevant force will therefore record and investigate the crime.
  • Where the crime constitutes part of a crime already recorded; i.e. it has been recorded more than once.
  • Where the crime was recorded as a crime in error.

FOI reference: 219/17.

Date of request: 15.02.17.