Rise in racist hate crime in the UK after Brexit

18th October 2016

Rise in racist hate crime in the UK after Brexit

As Britain continues to plan for life outside of the European Union, the scale of the effect Brexit has had on race relations has been revealed.

According to a Home Office report, race or religious hate crimes jumped by more than two fifths in the wake of the referendum.

New figures reveal a sharp increase in the number of racially or religiously aggravated offences recorded by forces following the poll on June 23. There were 3,886 such crimes logged in July 2015, rising to 5,468 in July this year.

Data from 31 police forces showed that in the two weeks up to and including the day of the referendum, forces recorded 1,546 racially or religiously aggravated offences. In the fortnight immediately after the poll, the number climbed by almost half to 2,241.

The peak daily total between May and August was seen on July 1, when 207 alleged race or religious hate crimes were recorded.

The police said people had taken the vote to leave the EU as a licence to behave in a racist or discriminatory way. Offences had been mainly harassment and threats of a racist nature against “visible minorities” as well as people from Eastern Europe.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council’s lead on hate crime Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said: “Numbers of hate crime incidents have fallen from the spike seen after the EU referendum but we still believe that many hate crimes are still not reported to us.”

How can our criminal law solicitors help?

Emotions have been running high since the referendum result was announced. If you need advice on behaviour that you have experienced or if the police have investigated your alleged behaviour and you require advice, get in touch with our Suffolk Criminal Law team.

If you need advice in confidence on behaviour that you have experienced, contact us on 01473 298141. We also have offices in Ipswich, Hadleigh, Melton, Felixstowe and Woodbridge where you can arrange to meet with one of our expert lawyers.

Blog Posts

Hundreds of cases dropped over evidence disclosure failings

30/01/2018

The right to a fair trial is one of the fundamental principles of a…

Read More
Upcoming Events

Inheritance Tax and Wills Planning Seminar

07/02/2018

What the seminar will cover... Inheritance Tax: - When does it apply; what are…

Read More
News Posts

Former Manchester City football coach found guilty of sexually abusing young players

14/02/2018

A former youth football coach who worked for Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra has…

Read More

Testimonials

"The friendliness of Sally Pryke making me feel at ease during the whole process"

- BV

"Always kept me informed of the progress"

- CP

"Helen Stuart was fantastic and I couldn't have asked for a better solicitor!"

- KM

"Everything was dealt with in a compassionate and friendly manner"

- AW

"Pat's service is always extremely efficient and very approachable"

- AO

"Relieved that I could leave you to deal with the legal aspect of my late husbands estate"

- DG

"We cannot thank you enough for all your hard work and sticking with us. You have been amazing and showed a lot of patience when dealing with this case and all for no reward for yourself, thank you."

- Dean Kentfield

"Approachable, very efficient, always willing to take my calls and update me."

- SH

"We were very pleased to have Jade as our solicitor, the service was excellent and we felt kept in the loop which minimised stress"

- CT

"I have used Tracey Hammond at Gotelee on a number of occasions and in my opinion, she is simply the most efficient conveyancing solicitor I have ever worked with. From the outset, she took the time to understand my specific business requirements and to date, she has exceeded all of my expectations."

- Dale Fiddy - Portobello Developments Ltd

Please select preferred method of contact

* We will only contact you by telephone if you select this as primary form of contact.