To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many racially or religiously aggravated offences were reported in Merseyside in each month since the EU referendum; and what change that represents compared with the figures for 2015.
21 December 2016
The Home Office publish statistics on racially or religiously aggravated offences by force by quarter. The most recently published statistics, to June 2016, can be found in the Home Office Open Data Tables available at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-recorded-crime-open-data-tables.
In October, the Home Office published Hate Crime, England and Wales, 2015/16. This release included an Annex of provisional data for specific racially or religiously aggravated offences in England and Wales around the time of the EU Referendum. Force level breakdowns for these offences up to September 2016 will be published in Home Office Open Data Tables in January 2017. These tables will be released alongside the ONS quarterly Crime Statistics. For information, the hate crime report is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/hate-crime-england-and-wales-2015-to-2016
This Government is committed to tackling hate crime. The UK has one of the strongest legislative frameworks in the world to tackle hate crime. We are working across Government with police, (including National Community Tensions Team), the Crown Prosecution Service and community partners to send out a clear message that hate crime will not be tolerated and we will vigorously pursue and prosecute those who commit these crimes.