Hate crime

  1. UK’s first football hate crime officer appointed

    Experiencing racism as a young footballer means West Midlands Police's new hate crime officer will be able to help and support others who face discrimination.

    PC Stuart Ward

    PC Stuart Ward will work to help "stamp out rising abuse against footballers and fans - which has become increasingly prevalent online," the force said.

    His role, thought to be that of the first dedicated hate crime officer based in a football unit, will include investigating complaints of hate crime linked to football, monitoring online interactions and working with the region’s clubs.

    He said receiving abuse himself from another player, and no-one doing anything about it, means he knows the impact it can have. Read more here:

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    A video of an incident in which a Sikh boy was kicked and punched outside his school in Telford has sparked an outpouring of messages of support.

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    SNP MP Alyn Smith says concerns around police powers in Scotland's Hate Crime Bill are “massively overstated”

  5. Hate crimes 'lead to social isolation', say police

    Hate crimes against people with disabilities are leading to an increase in social isolation, according to Humberside Police.

    Danny Fleming

    The force said a large number of hate crimes go unreported, especially for the visually or hearing impaired.

    Officers believe many people have learned to live with the abuse, but it’s still unacceptable and should be reported.

    PC Danny Fleming said: "People won't want to go out. They are stuck between four walls, in the fear that when they do go out they will be subjected to more hate crime again.

    "It needs to stop before we get to that stage."

  6. Police concerned about under-reporting of hate crimes

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey police are concerned more people are not reporting hate crime incidents when abused for their personal beliefs, sexuality, or background.

    Officers said they had recorded 53 hate crimes in Jersey in 2020 so far and they were concerned such incidents were under-reported.

    Insp Huw Williams said there was plenty of support available to people who experienced discrimination.

    He said: "If people aren't comfortable about speaking to us about, they can report it to us online."

  7. Police mark increase in 'hate crimes' over last year

    New figures show a slight increase in the number of what are defined as hate crimes recorded by Cumbria Police.

    They show 235 incidents have been recorded in the past three months, up from 209 during the same period last year.

    The figures were released by Cumbria Constabulary to mark National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

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  8. 'I shouldn't be scared to walk down the street'

    New figures obtained by the BBC reveal that the number of reported homophobic hate crime cases almost trebled - from 6,655 in 2014-15, the year same sex marriage became legal in England, to 18,465 in 2019-20.

    Charlie Graham, a 21-year-old from Sunderland, says homophobic hate crime is just a part of life.

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    Charlie has been attacked several times over the past three years - and was left beaten and covered in blood after the most recent incident a few months ago.

    "I did go downhill after the first two or three times. Like really downhill, to the point where I was in a hole and I didn't want to come out of it," Charlie said about the impacts of the attacks.

    "Suicidal thoughts, drinking, not giving a care in the world."

    Charlie's attackers were never found.

    Charlie Graham