Warwickshire County Council and key strategic partners have published their findings in Hate Crime for 2017/18 as part of the National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018 Community Conference, which took place in Bedworth on Saturday (20 October).
The Love Instead of Hate Community Conference was an opportunity for residents from across Warwickshire to come together and hear from a number of high profile speakers, such as Dan Biddle, a survivor of the 7/7 bombing atrocity in London and Sylvia Lancaster OBE, whose daughter, Sophie, was murdered in a hate-motivated incident. It was also an opportunity for residents to take part in a number of activities and workshops related to hate crime.
The day was very well attended by all sections of the Warwickshire community and feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive. The event was also an opportunity for Warwickshire County Council and partners to present their annual report into the reporting of hate crimes in 2017/18. The key headlines from this were:
- 6% increase in reporting – Over the last 12 months (2017/18) reported incidents of hate crime have increased by 6% from levels in 2016/17. This increase is seen as positive and a step in the right direction as it is widely acknowledged that hate offences are under-reported.
- Reporting increased in Warwick District – Warwick District has seen the largest increases in reported hate crime and incidents.
- Racism was the biggest motivator for hate – 61% of hate crime related offences report during this period involved racism.
- Only 2% of all crimes reported are Hate Crimes – Hate offences and incidents still account for only 2% of recorded crime in Warwickshire.
Cllr Andy Crump, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Fire & Rescue and Community Safety, said:
“Our commitment to tackling Hate Crime in Warwickshire and encouraging reporting is a key part of Warwickshire County Council’s ongoing commitment to keeping our residents safe from harm. I am heartened to see the past 12 months have seen an increase in the reporting to the police of such crimes.
“Hate crime has no place in modern society and certainly no place in Warwickshire communities. Our message is simple: never tolerate hate crime, always report it and together we can make Warwickshire the best it can be.”
For more information about hate crime, or to report one, visit the website: www.reporthatenow.com
Last year, the Warwickshire hate crime partnership released the music single ‘Love instead of hate’ written by ‘Let it shine’ Singer/Songwriter Jordan Charles and featuring the vocals of ‘The Voice’ semi-finalist Letitia George.
The video for the single can be found here: