Terror attacks, Brexit vote has led to surge in United Kingdom hate crime

The Home Office said hate crimes could be fuelled by more than one motive but said the increase followed high profile events including the Brexit vote and the Westminster Bridge attack

The figures showed that over 80,000 offences were committed in England and Wales over the last 12 months, up from over 62,518 in the previous year. Reports can be made online in just a few minutes.

The massive rise in reports but fall in prosecutions, recorded in the Crow Prosecution Serves' (CPS) Hate Crime Annual Report, could suggest some of the additional reports are less credible, meaning they do not make it to court. The report notes that there was a spike in the number of racially or religiously aggravated offenses after the Westminster Bridge terrorist attack in March, when a man killed 5 people after driving a vehicle into pedestrians and stabbing a police officer.

Disability and transgender hate crimes saw the largest increases 2016-17, with a 53% and 45% increase respectively compared to the year before, but the Home Office said these spikes were driven by improved identification and recording of offenses, as opposed to a dramatic increase in attacks.

Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders said: "The drop in referrals recorded past year has impacted on the number of completed prosecutions in 2016-17".

The UK has registered a 29 per cent surge in hate crimes in the wake of Brexit and terrorist attacks in the country, according to new Home Office figures released today.

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Separate provisional figures showed that the number of hate crimes reached a record 6,000 incidents in July, higher than the previous peak of 5,500 in June past year at the time of the European Union referendum.

The number of race hate crimes increased by 27 percent (up 13,266 to 62,685) between 2015/16 and 2016/17.

The next biggest group was attacks over sexual orientation, at 11 per cent, followed by religious hate and disability hate, both at seven per cent of the tally.

This means that the courts passed increased sentences in more than 6,300 cases.

'The significant increase in uplifts since 2007 reflects the hard work of the CPS and police to present these cases in court and we aim to increase the proportion even further by 2020'.

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