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West Yorkshire Has Worst Disability Hate Crime Rate In Country

818 crimes were recorded by the county's police force in the past year, more than any other force in England and Wales.

More individual disability hate crimes were recorded in West Yorkshire in 2018/19 than in any other police force area in the country.

There were 818 offences reported in our county, which represents a large increase of 53% on the previous year.

It's the second year in a row in which West Yorkshire has topped the list.

The figures come from research carried out by disability charity United Response, which has been released today.

They've also found that nationally, fewer people are being charged or prosecuted, despite an increase in reports.

Disability hate crime is defined as being any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim, or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s disability, or perceived disability.

United Response Director of Quality & Practice Sarah Battershall said:

“Just as last year, these figures are deeply worrying. The hard facts are that more and more people with learning disabilities or autism are being subjected to criminal harm and seemingly a smaller proportion of those responsible are being given the punishment they deserve.

“It is critical that these criminals are brought to justice in the right way but also educated on the hugely damaging impact their mindless and cowardly acts have on vulnerable people. It’s clear that not enough is being done to prevent these crimes, in some cases leading to far too many freely committing the same offence again.”

 

 

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