Hate crime up 29%

80,393 hate crimes were recorded in 2016/17, figures published today reveal, an increase of 29% on the previous year.

And when prosecutions do take place judges are starting to take these things seriously at last – the CPS say that in 2016/17, more than half of cases involving hostility on the grounds of race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity saw sentences “uplifted”. This means that the courts passed increased sentences on account of the hate factor in more than 6,300 cases.

That figure of 52.2% compares with just 2.9% ten years ago.

Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said: “The significant increase in uplifts since 2007 reflects the hard work of the CPS and police to present these cases in court and we aim to increase the proportion even further by 2020.

“We know hate crime is under-reported and that is why we ran our recent #hatecrimematters campaign aimed at raising awareness of what hate crime is and what people can do about it.

The CPS note an increase in the conviction rate for disability hate crimes – up by 4.2% to 79.3% in 2016/17. There were more than 1,000 prosecutions for disability hate crime last year – the highest ever number.