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Report Data - United Kingdom - 2012

Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2018 111076 18055 10817
2017 95552 14535 11987
2016 80,763 20,321 Not available
2015 62518 21300 13103
2014 52853 4872 549

Hate crimes recorded by police

National developments

In July 2016, the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice published an action plan on hate crime entitled Action Against Hate: The UK Government's plan for Tackling Hate Crime.

In October, the Crown Prosecution Service published revised guidelines on prosecuting cases involving communications sent via social media, which now includes a section on hate crime to equip prosecutors to address these cases.

In August 2017, as part of its #HateCrimeMatters campaign, the Crown Prosecution Service published Public Policy Statements and Legal Guidance on the monitored strands of hate crime.

NGO reports 
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The Professional Footballers’ Association outlined a six-point plan to tackle racism in football, making specific mention of tackling Islamophobia.

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The Professional Footballers’ Association outlined a six-point plan to tackle racism in football, making specific mention of tackling Islamophobia.

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The Observatory on Intolerance Against Christians reported one case of threats against a Church of England Bishop of African descent.

ENGAGE reported ten physical assaults, two resulting in serious injury and two by a group. The victims were mainly men of South Asian background and one girl. ENGAGE reported a further two cases of damage to property, one against a Bangladeshi restaurant and the other against a family of Pakistani background, involving throwing objects at their house.

Faith Matters reported two cases of threats.

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The Community Security Trust (CST) reported 69 physical assaults, including four resulting in serious injury, one of which was against a boy, one involving a knife and one carried out by a group. Many of the victims were, due to their religious clothing, visibly identifiable as Jewish; the majority were men, while children were the victims in 15 cases. The CST reported a further 39 cases of threats and 53 incidents of damage to or desecration of Jewish property, including 43 targeting synagogues.

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Faith Matters reported one robbery; one case of harassment and threats; three physical assaults, including one involving pulling a woman’s headscarf and one involving threats to kill; one case of vandalism and graffiti on an Islamic centre, on four separate occasions over a period of three weeks; and one incident where a pig’s head was left outside a mosque.

ENGAGE reported six physical assaults, including one resulting in serious injury and two involving pulling the victim’s headscarf; two cases of threats, including one threat to kill and one threat to burn down a café; two arson attacks against mosques; two cases of damage to property, including throwing bricks at an Islamic centre and breaking the windows of a mosque; four cases of graffiti on a mosque; one case of leaving a pig’s head outside a mosque; and one case of leaving a cross wrapped in ham outside a Muslim family’s house.

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The Observatory on Intolerance Against Christians reported one case of damage to church property.

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Observatory on Intolerance Against Christians
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ILGA-Europe reported one case of threats and two cases of physical assault, one being an attack against a gay man by a group in Worcester and the other a serious assault against a transgender woman who was knocked unconscious.

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IGO Reports 
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The UN Human Rights Council, in its Universal Periodic Review, encouraged the United Kingdom to continue work monitoring hate crime, investigating and sanctioning such crimes, working with affected communities, as well as strengthening its data collection in terms of disaggregated data.

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The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Observatory  reported one incident involving a threat to worshippers and an attempt to set fire to a mosque; three cases of graffiti on and vandalism against Islamic cultural centres, including one involving alcohol and eggs being thrown at the centre; and two cases of desecration of graves.

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ODIHR Recommendations 

ODIHR observes that the United Kingdom has met OSCE commitments on hate crime data collection and reporting. ODIHR further observes that data on certain OSCE-mandated bias motivations have not been reported and that the United Kingdom did not report prosecution data from 2012.

National Developments 
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Official figures record 39,906 racist crimes – 33,434 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 6,472 in Scotland.

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This figure includes unspecified number of anti-Semitic crimes.

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Official figures in England, Wales and Northern Ireland record 307 anti-Semitic hate crimes.

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These are included in and not additional to the racist and anti-religious hate crime figures.

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Official figures in England, Wales and Northern Ireland record 1,543 anti-religious hate crimes. This figure includes unspecified number of anti-Semitic crimes.

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Official figures in England, Wales and Northern Ireland record 3,964 crimes motivated by bias against sexual orientation and 410 hate crimes against transgender persons.

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Official figures in England, Wales and Northern Ireland record 1,853 crimes motivated by bias against people with disabilities.