Hate crimes rise by up to 100 per cent across England and Wales, figures reveal | The Independent

The number of hate crimes recorded by regional police forces rose by up to 100 per cent in the months following the Brexit vote, new figures show.

 

Dorset saw the greatest increase, with the 104 offences logged between July and September 2016 equating to double the total from April to June. Across England and Wales the rise was 27 per cent.

 

In total, 10 force areas saw rises of 50 per cent or more. Below we publish the full list.

 

Police forces across the are ramping up intelligence gathering and putting protection in place for vulnerable communities ahead of a projected spike in when Theresa May triggers Article 50 next month.

 

The move follows a dramatic rise in the number of racially and religiously-motivated crimes reported to police following the June referendum result in favour of Brexit, including assaults and arson.

 

Community groups representing EU nationals in the UK have warned about the potential for an “undercurrent of xenophobia” to spread after the talks with Brussels get underway.

 

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