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Avon and Somerset Police rank worst for hate crime action

Avon and Somerset Police are ranked worst among the nation’s 13 largest police forces in taking action against hate crime.

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Avon and Somerset Police are ranked worst among the nation’s 13 largest police forces in taking action against hate crime. As the Bureau for Investigative Journalism reveals, the force resolved 241 fewer hate crimes in 2015/16 than the year before – a massive drop of 41%. This is despite recording a leap of 17.7% in hate crimes between 2014/15 and 2015/16.

An offence is recorded as a hate crime if the victim or anyone else perceives the suspect to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on an aspect of the victim’s identity.

Speaking to the Bureau for Investigative Journalism, Avon and Somerset Police Superintendent Will White suggested a lack of victim co-operation could be partly responsible for the decline.

“The investigation around this type of crime is victim-orientated and the outcome depends largely on cooperation and assistance from victims,” he said. “We will support victims unequivocally from the point they report a crime and throughout the entire length of the investigation.”

Hate crime has been on the rise in Bristol as the Cable revealed earlier this year. In the latest high profile attack, four houses in Knowle West were targeted with racist graffiti and had windows bricked over the past six weeks. The attackers are still at large.

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With thanks to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism for their work.

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  • What I’m hearing is that the police are treating some disablist hate crimes as a ‘safeguarding issue’ instead of as a hate crime, which would account for some of the disparity.

    I’ve also heard from Disabled people who have reported hate crimes/harrassment only to be threatened with prosecution themselves. I don’t know the details but the experience of “Jackie” (see your source article at: https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2016/07/26/hate-crime-rise-police-taking-less-action-suspects/) is all too familiar and may even be fortunate in that her son hasn’t been threatened with prosecution because of his impairment-related ‘disturbances’.

    It is time to call for a stop to disbelief of those reporting hate crimes as well as the criminalisation of Disabled people for what is, in effect, their impairment(s).

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  • It’s not just hate crime that they fail to take action.

    Confronted with bank fraud; and conceding that the action of the bank had caused financial loss; they refused to report it as a crime; suggesting that the best way forward was to contact the FCA

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