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Arrests: Hate Crime

Question for Home Office

UIN 4296, tabled on 16 January 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were arrested for hate speech in (a) 2016, (b) 2017, and (c) 2018.

Answered on

7 February 2020

The term ‘hate speech’ does not have any legal meaning, nor does it relate to a criminal offence in the UK. For any example of hate speech to be treated as a hate crime it would need to meet the police and Crown Prosecution Service definition of a hate crime.

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