15th February 2017
Figures compiled by the Press Association show 3/4 of police forces in England and Wales saw record levels of hate crime reported in the three months after the EU referendum.
195 cases were reported in Cheshire which is an increase of 19% and is the highest since records began in 2012.
That’s also the case for Greater Manchester Police who had 1,033 incidents reported which is also a 19% rise.
Another neighbouring police force area, Staffordshire, saw a rise of 6%. The 237 incidents reported there is also a record high.
Victim Support says the rise could be linked to increased publicity around such offences.
Neil Monk, who is from the charity, explains why he thinks there is a correlation with the rise and the brexit vote: “Some of it will be increased reporting, some of it will be increased incidents. My hope would be that we see reports increase so we can get help to those people that need it, while at the same time trying to get that level of incidents down.”
“We have seen rises following other events around the world, be it terrorist attacks or political events that prompt greater reporting of hate crime figures, and that would be in line with that.”