Religious hate crimes: Rise in offences recorded by police


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Source: BBC News

Police have recorded a surge in hate crime directed at people in England and Wales because of their religious beliefs.

It rose by 40%, from 5,949 in 2016-17 to 8,336 in 2017-18, according to the Home Office data.

Most religious hate crime – 52% of all offences – was aimed at Muslims.

But the separate Crime Survey of England and Wales, which is a broader measure of people’s experience of crime, showed no rise.

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