Home Office figures have revealed that hate crimes in England and Wales have risen by 18%. Asian Lite reports
Statistics show that police recorded 52,528 hate crimes in 2014/15, up from 44,471 in 2013/14.
More than 80% were classed as race hate crimes, with others involving religion, disability, sexual orientation and transgender victims, says a BBC news report.
Prime Minister David Cameron said the increase in hate crime was “unacceptable”.
The Home Office said “likely factors” in the increase included improved recording of crime, a greater awareness of hate crime and an improved willingness of victims to come forward.
Officials calculated that there were an estimated 222,000 hate crimes on average per year based on combined data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales between 2012/13 to 2014/15.
It comes as Mr Cameron announced that anti-Musl
im hate crimes will be recorded as a separate category by all police forces in England and Wales.
Hate crime is defined as an offence which is perceived to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards someone based on a personal characteristic.