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UK Hate crimes surge by more than a third in Greater Manchester last minute news


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- A teenager was jailed for sending racist tweets to footballer Marcus Rashford

UK Hate crimes surge by more than a third in Greater Manchester last minute news
23 June 2022 - 06:00

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Racially or religiously-aggravated offences recorded by Greater Manchester Police increased by more than a third over 12 months, new figures reveal. And the statistics show nationally, offences hit a fresh high in 2021, with reaction to England's defeat to Italy in the final of the Euros football championship said to have contributed to the rise. Police made a number of arrests in the weeks following the final, after abusive posts on social media targeted England players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, all of whom missed penalties. One football fan who live-streamed himself on Facebook racially abusing the players was later handed a 10-week prison sentence, while another received a six-week sentence for racially abusing Rashford on Twitter. READ MORE: People 'facing homelessness' as work on half-built housing site grinds to halt after contractor goes bust According to the Home Office, five racially or religiously aggravated offences are by definition hate crimes. They are racially or religiously aggravated assault with injury; racially or religiously aggravated assault without injury, racially or religiously aggravated harassment, racially or religiously aggravated criminal damage and racially or religiously aggravated public fear, alarm or distress. Of the 44 forces in England and Wales, 39 reported a rise in offences from 2020 to 2021, while 34 forces saw numbers last year reach a new high. In Greater Manchester, 4,724 offences were recorded in 2020, compared to 6,431 last year. That equates to a 36 per cent year-on-year rise. The easing of Covid-19 restrictions was another factor named by forces as having led to the rise in offences, along with improved recording of hate crimes. A total of 76,884 racially and religiously aggravated offences were recorded in 2021, up 15 per cent from 66,742 in 2020. The number of offences has been on an upwards trend since 2013, the first calendar year for which comparable data is available. But this is the biggest percentage jump since 2017, which saw a 16 per cent rise in offences fuelled by reaction to terrorist attacks in London and Manchester. Greater Manchester Police (Image: MEN MEDIA) Independent charity Victim Support said the figures for 2021 were 'seriously concerning' and fit a pattern for 'spikes in hate crime linked to world events', while the Equality and Human Rights Commission warned that 'more still needs to be done to improve the quality of support for victims', including 'effective hate crime training' for police forces. The Metropolitan Police recorded the highest number of the offences last year (15,394, up 2 per cent from 15,156 in 2020) followed by West Midlands (8,019, up 57 per cent from 5,117). Greater Manchester Police came in third nationally.

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. The National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC), meanwhile, said all forms of hate crime were 'completely unacceptable – police will take, and do take, all reports seriously and we will do everything we can to investigate'. The analysis was compiled by the Press Association news agency from data published by the Home Office. West Midlands and Greater Manchester police forces also saw two of the largest year-on-year percentage increases, along with Gloucestershire (up 45 per cent from 384 to 556) and Cleveland (up 34 per cent from 631 to 843). Manchester United's Marcus Rashford (Image: PA) A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said the force saw 'several spikes' in reported hate crimes last year that were influenced by 'high profile events', including a 'sharp rise following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions'. "We take reports of hate crime seriously and record all instances, whether they pass the threshold to be classified as a crime or not," the spokesperson added. The UK went back into lockdown at the beginning of last year due to the second wave of Covid-19 infections, with tight restrictions on travel, socialising and leisure activities. The analysis shows that January to March 2021 saw 13,899 racially and religiously aggravated offences recorded by forces in England and Wales, the lowest number for any quarter since the first three months of 2018. But this was followed by a sharp jump to 21,239 offences in April to June, coinciding with the gradual lifting of Covid restrictions, before rising even higher in July-September (22,556) followed by slight drop in October-December (19,190). The period July to September also coincided with the end of the Euro football championships, which saw England lose the final on July 11 in a penalty shootout with Italy. Diana Fawcett, chief executive at Victim Support, said the figures reflect what the charity has been seeing in recent years, in particular an 11 per cent increase in 2021 in its own recorded cases of hate crime, nearly three-quarters of which involved abuse based on race and religion. "We consistently see spikes in hate crime linked to world events – for example, following the Euros finals last summer – so this could be one reason for the rise," she said. This trend is seriously concerning – no person or community should be targeted because of who they are." Only five forces in England and Wales saw a fall in these offences in 2021: Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Wiltshire. Sign up to the MEN email newsletters to get the latest on sport, news, what's on and more by following this link READ NEXT: Girl, 12, repeatedly raped hours after police ignored her pleas and kicked her out of station is 'not a unique case' Inside the ultra-modern £1.3m house hidden in a Stockport village where Cristiano Ronaldo once lived Dad who died in Little Hulton crash is named as devastated friends pay tribute to 'true legend' Two arrested in police crackdown on rogue Manchester Airport 'meet and greet' parking firms Devastation as 'fabulous' dad-of-four, 29, found dead by friends

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