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Report Data – United Kingdom – 2018

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.

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.

Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

A total of 8,566 anti-religious hate crimes were recorded. However, information on the precise religion targeted by the perpetrator was known only in 7,446 incidents. Anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim and anti-Christian hate crime are monitored as sub-categories of anti-religious hate crime and are presented here separately. This category thus consists of 2,055 hate crimes against other religions, and 1,120 anti-religious hate crimes with no specified targeted religion, which may also include some anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim or anti-Christian hate crimes.

Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

Of this number, 14,491 hate crimes were motivated by bias on the grounds of sexual orientation and 2,333 were motivated by transphobic bias.