More reports of hate crime in Havering due to ‘confidence’

PUBLISHED: 10:00 16 October 2016 | UPDATED: 12:14 16 October 2016

Higher numbers of hate crimes have been reported in the borough. Picture: PA images

Higher numbers of hate crimes have been reported in the borough. Picture: PA images

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A charity says a rise in reports of disability hate crimes could be down to growing confidence in authorities.

Statistics released by the Met Police as part of Hate Crime Awareness Week showed disability hate offences in the capital had more than doubled in the past year.

Denise Hanrahan, spokeswoman for Havering Association for People with Disabilities (Had), said: “News and publicity has made people more aware they can notify police agencies of offences.

“It is important that vulnerable people are listened to, reassured and support given where appropriate.

“The increase of reported disabled hate crime may be an indication of growing confidence in reporting to the police.”

Havering Council leader Cllr Roger Ramsey said such offences would not be tolerated.

“Crimes committed out of hatred, bigotry and ignorance are some of the worst and the council will use all of its powers to ensure that they are prosecuted with as much, if not more vigour as any other,” he said.

Met figures showed disability hate crime offences had increased by 117.1per cent, while reported incidents had gone up 137.7pc.

The Met’s community engagement lead Cdr Mak Chishty urged victims to come forward.

He said: “We have long since recognised the impact of hate crime on communities and the hidden nature of this crime, which remains largely under reported.

“And we stand together with policing partners, colleagues and groups to investigate all hate crime allegations, support victims and their families and bring perpetrators to justice.”

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