Hate crimes increased in Cumbria following Brexit

Hate crimes on Merseyside reached record levels in the aftermath of the European Union referendum.

Police were discussing with the Human Rights Commission whether a specific hate crime offence should be written into the law.

Following the European Union referendum vote, there was a rash of anecdotal reports of hate crimes throughout the country.

But a passenger racially abused at Old Roan train station was one of 119 cases of nationwide hate crimes recorded in the fortnight which followed the June 23 vote.

In Suffolk 123 hate crimes were recorded in this period, up 37pc, and in Cambridgeshire the number was 179 up 9pc.

Speaking to the Press Association, the UK Home Office said the UK has some of the strongest legislation against hate crimes in the world.

Hate crime offences have reached record levels in Dorset and Hampshire, according to new figures.

The area with the biggest Leave vote, Lincolnshire, saw hate crimes jump by 59%.

David Isaac, chairman of the EHRC, said it "must be sensible to prepare for any possible spikes" once the Government triggered Article 50.

Ukip's Nuttall dismissed evidence of a spike in hate crimes in the wake of the referendum, saying it followed a pattern seen after other major national events.

"Hate incidents and crimes of any kind are not acceptable, and instances of it need to end".

'A lot of that [rise in hate crimes] is fabricated, ' he told The Independent, although he admitted some incidents had taken place.

These categories are defined by statute, and have been used to compile the figures listed above, based on police force open data.

Comparable data is not available for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Speaking to a select committee at Parliament, Bush said there were anecdotal reports that such offences were on the rise, though it was hard to measure because police did not keep records of this type of offending.

The new analysis, the Press Association says, provides a first full glimpse of hate crime statistics in the country following the June referendum vote, and has prompted The Equality and Human Rights Commission in the United Kingdom to warn the country's police departments to prepare for more possible spikes as Brexit negotiations get underway.

"The home secretary has been crystal clear that crime motivated by hostility and prejudice towards any group in society has no place whatsoever in a Britain that works for everyone", a spokesman said.

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