Saturday, 6 May 2017

Independent: Hate crimes almost doubled in schools during Brexit campaign period, figures reveal

Independent: Hate crimes almost doubled in schools during Brexit campaign period, figures reveal

Reports of hate crimes in schools almost doubled during the Brexit campaign, new figures have shown.

There was an 89 per cent rise in police reports of hate crime last May, the month before the referendum was held, compared to the same month the previous year, according to figures obtained by the Times Educational Supplement (TES) through Freedom of Information requests.

The statistics, based on responses from 30 of England's police forces, also show that in the three months surrounding the 23 June vote — May, June and July last year — reported hate crimes and incidents in schools increased by 54 per cent.

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