Hate crimes against gay people rockets in the UK

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In the 2017/18 period evaluated by the UK Home Office using police data, 12% of all religious hate crime was directed at Jews in England and Wales, while the total number of Jews amounts to a mere 0.5% of all the total population.

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 towards someone based on a personal characteristic". Since 2014/15, offences have soared 153 per cent from a total of 3,293.

In a statement responding to the report, Board of Deputies of British Jews President Marie van der Zyl said, "Today's shocking revelations of a 40% rise in religious hate crime must serve as an urgent call to action".

Despite the fact that the increase in the number of registered hate crimes can be largely explained by the improvements in police recording, the bulletin acknowledged that there had been hikes in the hate crime following the referendum on the United Kingdom's exiting the European Union and the 2017 terrorist attacks.

In the previous year, race-based hate crime in Britain increased 14 per cent, while those based on sexual orientation increased 27 per cent, disability 30 per cent and transgender 32 per cent.

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Hate crimes against gay and bisexual people in the United Kingdom have rocketed by double-digit figures, new statistics show.

The Scottish government's "One Scotland" initiative is going after hate crimes as well with a new campaign of posters and videos that announce to "bigots", "racists", "homophobes", "transphobes", and "disablists" that Scotland has "had enough" of hate crimes.

Spikes in reports of hate offences have been registered following events such as the Brexit vote in June 2016 and the Westminster terror attack previous year.

Leeds has set out a clear no tolerance message regarding hate crime, and anyone who is experiencing it can be assured that if reported, it will be taken seriously.

Police in England and Wales say there has been an increase of 40% compared with last year's figures.

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The Law Commission will carry out a review to explore how to make current legislation more effective and consider if there should be additional "protected characteristics" to cover offences motivated by, or demonstrating, hatred based on sex and gender characteristics, or hatred of older people.

"It is completely unacceptable that anyone should live in fear of intimidation and violence because of their beliefs or the colour of their skin".

The charity believes disability hate crimes are underreported despite rising figures.

"We must challenge prejudice and intolerance, whenever and wherever it appears in our society".

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In effect, the number of hate crimes against the Jewish community was 24 times the size of its relative population.

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