Hate Crime


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A crime committed against a member of a particular group, motivated by a prejudice against that particular group
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Chief Inspector Tony Morriss, from West Midlands Police, said: "We take all reports of hate crime extremely seriously and all cases are thoroughly investigated.
Hate crime is when someone is targeted because of their actual or perceived race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability, it is a criminal offence and the law provides additional penalties for such crimes.
While the increase partly reflects ongoing improvements in crime recording by the police, the Home Office also link it to a genuine rise in hate crime following the EU referendum.
Hate crime is defined as any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim, or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice.
The report details that 23 percent of hate crime victims don't report to police because they believe authorities "would not want to be bothered or to get involved, would be inefficient or ineffective, or would cause trouble for the victim.
The five-year-old was also from the West and Central area of the city and was subjected to religious based crime whilst a six-year-old in Dudley was subjected to racerelated hate crime.
Meanwhile, a six-year-old was the victim of hate crime based on their sexual orientation, and an eight-year-old in Carmarthenshire was on the receiving end of a disability-based hate crime.
Religious hate crime nearly trebled last year, there was an 88% increase in disability hate crime, and racially motivated crime remains the most common type in the area.
Hate crime is any criminal offence where a victim is targeted because of their race or ethnicity, religious belief, disability, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation or any other actual or perceived difference.
The figures, released by the Home Office today, also show that there has been an 30% increase in hate crime motivated by sexual orientation in Wales over the past 12 months, with the 270 crimes in 2013-14 rising to 351 in 2014-15.