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Hate crime against disabled people increases over last year

According to the latest research, there has been an increase in the level of violent hate crime against disabled people.

The figures, which were obtained through a Freedom of Information act show that these types of crime increased by 41 per cent during the past year, whilst the number of online offences increased by 71 per cent.

Disability charity Leonard Cheshire sent information requests to all 43 police forces in England and Wales, gaining responses from 25 of those.

The information gathered showed that police recorded 5,015 offences of hate crime against disabled people last year, compared to 4,111 the previous year, representing a rise of 22 per cent.

There was also a sharp increase in the number of offences involving violence, which rose 41 per cent from 1,805 in 2017/18 to 2,538 the following year.

Despite this, the number of cases that led to a charge, court summons or had been referred to the Crown Prosecution Service actually fell.

National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for hate crime, Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton, said: “People should be able to live their lives and work free of harassment and fear.

“There can never be any excuse for hate crime or serious threats of violence against people in any shape or form, and these will not be tolerated.

“There is a responsibility on us all to think carefully and be temperate in how we communicate with each other.

“We will continue to work to bring offenders to justice and to protect our communities from abuse.”

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Gurjit Singh
As a member of the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme (CLAS), holder of the Higher Rights of Audience (HRA) qualification and duty solicitor for the Coventry area, I regularly represent clients in a wide range of criminal cases, including road traffic offences.

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