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Report Data - United Kingdom - 2016

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.

IGO Reports 
Organization Report 

In its report, the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for the United Kingdom, recommended that the authorities efficiently implement the government's new "Hate Crime Action Plan" and monitor its implementation as a means of reviewing approaches by criminal justice agencies to increasing hate crime.

Bias Motivation 
Description Type 
Developments
ODIHR Recommendations 

ODIHR observes that the United Kingdom has met most OSCE commitments on hate crime data collection and reporting.

National Developments 
Description Type 
Developments
Organization Report 

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.

Bias Motivation 
Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

Hate crimes recorded in this category can include any group defined by race, colour, nationality or ethnic or national origin, including countries within the UK, and "Gypsy or Irish Travellers". It also includes persons targeted because they are an asylum seeker or refugee.

The number here consists of 62,685 cases recorded in England and wales, and 146 cases recorded in Northern Ireland.

Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

The number here consists of 5,949 cases recorded in England and Wales, and 148 cases recorded in Northern Ireland. The figure for Northern Ireland consists of hate crimes motivated by bias against religion/faith, and sectarian hate crimes.

Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

Of this number, 9,157 hate crimes were motivated by bias on the grounds of sexual orientation and 1,248 were motivated by transphobic bias in England and Wales. In Northern Ireland, police recorded 62 homophobic and transphobic hate crimes combined.

Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

Of this number, 5,558 disability hate crimes were recorded in England and Wales, and 14 in Northern Ireland.