Berkshire

Only a third of hate crimes reported to Thames Valley Police

Only a third of people who have been victim of a recent hate crime have reported it, according to a survey by Thames Valley Police.

The main reason for not reporting the hate crime was that victims did not think it was significant enough.

One in 10 people said they had been a victim of hate crime in the last year.

"There are a lot of people out there who think this is life and this is the kind of thing that goes on," said Ch Insp Helen Roberts.

Only one in seven respondents (14%) in the Thames Valley area thought their police force was doing a good enough job at tackling hate-crime, the survey found.

Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld has launched an awareness campaign called Let's Hate Hate.

"Hate crime is not something that anyone should tolerate.

"I hope my new awareness campaign will go some way to help tackle the issue of under reporting and give people the knowledge and confidence needed to come forward and tell us about their experiences," he said.

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