Brexit caused lasting rise in hate crime, new figures show

According to Independent

The rise in post-Brexit hate crime reports peaked at nearly 60 per cent and is still 14 per cent higher than at the same point last year, new figures show.

The latest figures released by the National Police Chiefs’ Council show that in the week following the vote to leave the EU the number of incidents rose by 58 per cent.

By the end of July this fell to a 49 per cent rise compared to the same point in 2015 with the organisation said the number of reports was starting to going down.

The figures for the two weeks between 5 and 18 August show 2,778 recorded hate crime incidents across the country.

This was a decline of 479 incidents compared to the previous week, but still a 14 per cent increase on this time last year.

The council’s Lead for Hate Crime, Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton, insisted that despite the fall they were still treating dealing with hate crime as a “priority”.

He said: “We have seen continued decreases in reports of hate crimes to forces and these reports have now returned to formerly seen levels for 2016. For this reason, we will return to our previous reporting procedures and will no longer be requiring weekly updates from forces.