Hate crime down as police make it a priority
EAST YORKS: Hate crime has fallen across the Humberside Police area, new figures have shown.
There were 469 hate crimes recorded in the force area last year, compared with 577 in 2010 – a drop of 18.7 per cent.
The Home Offices defines hate crime as being motivated by hostility towards someone based on their disability, race, religion, gender-identity or sexual orientation.
A spokesman for Humberside Police Authority said: "The authority made reducing hate crime a priority in the policing plan after listening to the public, so we are pleased to see it has fallen."
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Figures released by the Association of Chief Police Officers showed 401 of the hate crimes recorded last year were racially motivated.
A further 46 victims were targeted because of sexual orientation, 14 because they are disabled, six because of their faith and two because they are transgender.
UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom, who is standing to become the first Humberside police and crime commissioner, has said he would like to scrap the concept of hate crime if elected.
He said: "If somebody is attacked, robbed or abused, that is a crime. I will not give a minority preference because they claim to be a cultural minority."