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Hate crime in Cornwall and Devon reaches record levels

Hate crime in Cornwall and Devon reaches record levels

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 20th October 2019.

Hate crime has reached record levels in Devon and Cornwall, with police logging five offences each day.

Devon and Cornwall Police recorded 1,693 hate crimes in 2018-19, the latest Home Office statistics show - up 15% from the previous year.

The rise continues the upward trend seen since records began in 2012-13, when officers logged 961.

Reports can include racially or religiously aggravated assault, harassment and criminal damage.

Nearly two-thirds of reports in Devon and Cornwall related to race, while 18% featured hostility towards sexual orientation.

Charity bosses and faith leaders have called for urgent action to tackle record levels of hate crime, with a rise in incidents showing no signs of slowing nationally, three years after the fractious EU referendum.

A hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or prejudice because of a certain characteristic.

This can be a person’s race, religion/belief, sexual orientation, disability, or because they are transgender.

Police in Devon and Cornwall also record and monitor hate incidents/crimes based on sex or gender.

You can find a local breakdown of figures here.

The force is aiming to raise awareness of what hate crime is, stand by those affected by it, and encourage people to report any incidents. 

It is also encouraging businesses and organisations to sign its Zero Tolerance to Hate Crime pledge.

“Hate crime is particularly harmful and damaging because it seeks to attack a person’s identity and can have a life-long impact.

“During Hate Crime Awareness Week, we will be supporting and conducting a range of activities, seeking to ensure that our service and response to victims of hate crime meets the needs of all members of our communities including the most vulnerable.

“We want people to report hate crime to us so that we can act. We have zero tolerance of hate crime.”

Superintendent Jim Gale, Devon and Cornwall Police hate crime lead

You can find all the source data here.

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