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United Response says disability hate crimes in England and Wales up by a third

16 October 2018

Disability hate crimes in England and Wales have surged by a third over the last year according to disturbing new police figures obtained by the charity United Response. 

United Response press release

Thirty-two of the 43 police forces which responded to a Freedom of Information request from United Response recorded a total of 5,342 disability hate crimes in 2017-18 – a dramatic 33% rise on the 4,005 offences from the previous year.

The figures were obtained ahead of this year’s National Hate Crime Awareness Week, which runs until Saturday 20 October.


Three-quarters of the 32 police forces which provided FOI data saw increases in disability hate crimes.

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