Rise in anti-Semitic hate crime

The number of anti-Semitic hate crimes reported to police in Kent has increased year-on-year between 2015 and 2019, figures show.

A total of 56 such hate crimes were recorded by Kent Police in the last four years, a Freedom of Information (FOI) request made by the Local Democracy Reporting Service has revealed.

Nearly 40% of the hate crimes were reported between January 2018 and January 2019. In 2015 there were no recorded incidents.

Kent Police and Crime Commissioner,Matthew Scott, said: “Greater numbers of victims coming forward to report to Kent Police is indicative of a greater trust in policing to take the issue seriously, but of course there is always more that can be done.”

The data shows a total of 13 anti-Semitic hate crimes were reported to Kent Police between January 2016 and January 2017 and 18 were recorded in the same period between 2017 and 2018.


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