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Reported hate crimes up a fifth

REPORTED race-hate crimes in England and Wales soared by almost a fifth in the last year, jumping 17 per cent to a staggering 94,098, police figures revealed yesterday.

And over the last five years the number of hate crimes has more than doubled, making a mockery of Tory pledges to “tackle burning injustices.”

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said the figures should serve as a “wake-up call” to the government. She blamed Tory cuts for undermining the police’s ability to fight crime.

The report said the 17 per cent increase continues the upward trend in recent years, the number of hate crimes having more than doubled since 2012/13 from 42,255 to 94,098 offences, an increase of 123 per cent.

Hate crimes fall into five categories — race, sexual orientation, religious, disability and transgender.

Race-hate crime was by far the biggest group at 71,251, 76 per cent of the total.

There were spikes in numbers of attacks following incidents such as the EU referendum and the Manchester Arena bombing.

Ms Abbott said: “We must stand up to hatred and discrimination wherever it is found.

“The Tories promised to tackle burning injustices, but they are clearly not tackling the injustice of people being attacked simply because of their religion, sexuality, the colour of their skin or their disability.”

The Home Office argued the increase may be due to improvements in police recording hate crime and people reporting it.

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