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Police Recorded Hate Crime 


Police recorded crime figures in 2021/22 show that there were 155,841 offences where one or more of the centrally monitored hate crime strands were deemed to be a motivating factor. This represented a 26% increase on figures for 2020/21. 

The increase in police recorded hate crime over time has partly been attributed to better recording methods used and greater awareness in reporting hate crimes.

Hate Crime since 2015


Since April 2015, there have been spikes for racial or religiously aggravated offences not matched by their non-aggravated equivalent at the time of the EU referendum, 2017 terrorist attacks and 2020 Black Lives Matter protests. Though there were similar spikes in the following and preceding summers, the trends were similar for the two types of offences.

Police Force Area Data

The highest rate of hate crimes for all offences recorded by the police per 100,000 population in 2021/22 was in the Greater Manchester Police force area (457).The lowest rate was found in Lincolnshire (99). The rate for England and Wales including the British Transport Police was 261.

West Yorksire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside were the only police forces to appear amongst the 10 highest rates recorded for each hate crime strand.

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