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Our ref: 4050/19
Dear Ms Mehmood
Thank you for your request for information, received by West Yorkshire Police on 11/06/19.
You requested the following information:
Could you please provide me with the total number of reported Islamophobic hate crimes for each month
from January 2019 to May 2019.
Could the data be broken down by separate districts (Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Kirklees,
Please see the table below showing Anti Islamic Hate Crime, 01/01/2019 to 31/05/2019.
Feb 2019 Mar 2019 Apr 2019 May 2019
Figures represent the number of crimes recorded during the period which:
- were not subsequently cancelled
- were recorded as Hate Crime (any type)
A manual assessment of other Hate flagged crimes has been carried out to determine if there is an anti
Some crimes may have been recorded as a Hate Crime strand other than anti-Islam
These figures may be subject to further investigation, reclassification and cancelling and will therefore
change over time
Crime classifications based on Home Office Counting Rules for Recorded Crime https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/counting-rules-for-recorded-crime
A hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be
motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person's disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or
Please note recent increases in hate crime are predominantly associated with administrative change in
relation to Force crime recording processes which have resulted in an increased likelihood of a crime
being recorded following an incident report to the Police. Crime increases have been reported across a
number of crime types this year and the increases in hate crime follow a similar pattern to related
offences such as public order and low level violence without injury. The force has made improvements to
how information about hate incidents is recorded. A number of sub-categories for the recording of faith
and disability hate crimes are being introduced to get a better understanding of the impact of national
and international events on local communities and improve and target services for victims.
Recent publicity may also have encouraged victims of hate incidents and crimes to come forward and
report their experience to the police. West Yorkshire Police support the annual Hate Crime Awareness
Week in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner in order to highlight the issue of hate
crime. The campaign aims to give people a better understanding of what hate crime is and encourage
victims of hate incidents to report them.
As part of our commitment to making communities safer and feel safer, West Yorkshire Police is
committed to engaging with communities to increase the under-reporting of hate crimes and hate
incidents. West Yorkshire Police employs specialist Hate Crime Co-ordinators across districts in order to
assist investigating officers in identifying perpetrators, providing after-care support for victims and to
work with communities to increase awareness of hate crime and reporting mechanisms. They also
engage in joint working with partners such as local councils, Victim Support and the 142 third party Hate
Incident Reporting Centres (HIRCs). HIRCs offer anyone who has experienced or witnessed a hate
crime / incident the opportunity to report it in an alternative location to a Police Station.
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