Police called to more racist hate crimes after spike around Brexit vote

PUBLISHED: 12:43 26 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:18 26 July 2018

Police are having to deal with more racist hate crimes

$image.copyright

Police are having to deal with more racist hate crimes following a rise in offences around the EU referendum, figures show.

The latest Home Office data shows an increase in the number hate crimes reported to the police, where race is the motivating factor, during the year of the Brexit vote.

In the 2016-17 financial year, 62,685 incidents were recorded across England and Wales where someone was abused or attacked due to their race. The referendum was in June 2016.

That is a 27% increase on the previous year, when 49,419 cases were recorded.

A Home Office report states that, while the police have improved their recording methods, “part of the increase is due to a genuine increase in hate crime, particularly around the time of the EU Referendum”.

Rose Simkins, chief executive of Stop Hate UK, said it was “now an indisputable fact” that racist incidents have risen since the Brexit vote.

She explained: “Our own figures, from the period 2016-17, also support this trend where, after several years of disability being the biggest motivating factor, there was a clear shift towards race being the biggest factor.

“Also, after the referendum, many more people reported suffering hate for the first time, as deep-rooted prejudices surfaced and manifested themselves as abuse and threats to innocent members of the public.”

Ms Simkins said that while reporting and recording of hate crime had improved, she still believed there was a large disparity between the actual number of incidents and the number reported to the police.

She said: “It is vital that the police and authorities make use of the advice, support and training available from specialist third party organisations, such as Stop Hate UK and that, collectively, we adopt a collaborative approach to tackling hate crime.

“We still need many more resources to help close the disparity between the number of incidents happening to those reported, and to increase public confidence that an incident, or perceived incident, is worth reporting in the first place.”

Labour MP David Lammy MP, a champion of the campaign group Best for Britain, which is calling for a second referendum, said: "This spike in hate crimes is the direct result of the despicable, ignorant and dehumanising culture of the 2016 referendum campaign, as well as the xenophobic rhetoric of so many who continue to make the argument for Brexit.

"In the eyes of many, Brexit legitimised racism. It is time to now pause and reflect on where this leaves us as a country, and how we can restore a culture of diversity, tolerance and respect."

You've seen the news, now discover the story

The New European is committed to providing in-depth analysis of the Brexit process, its implications and progress as well as celebrating European life.

Try 13 weeks for £13

Support The New European's vital role as a voice for the 48%

The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.

  • Become a friend of The New European for a contribution of £48. You will qualify for a mention in our newspaper (should you wish)
  • Become a partner of The New European for a contribution of £240. You will qualify for a mention in our newspaper (should you wish) and receive a New European Branded Pen and Notebook
  • Become a patron of The New European for a contribution of £480. You will qualify for a mention in our newspaper (should you wish) and receive a New European Branded Pen and Notebook and an A3 print of The New European front cover of your choice, signed by Editor Matt Kelly

By proceeding, you agree to the New Europeans supporters club Terms & Conditions which can be found here.



Supporter Options

Mention Me in The New European



If Yes, Name to appear in The New European



Latest Articles

ANTI-BREXIT EVENTS

Grassroots anti-Brexit campaigners are increasing the pressure on politicians ahead of a series of important votes this year. Here is a list of the events organised across Britain in the coming weeks and months.

Trending

Newsletter Sign Up

The New European weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy