Religiously Aggravated Offences: Lancashire

Home Office written question – answered on 17th March 2015.

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Photo of Mark Hendrick Mark Hendrick Labour, Preston

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of anti-Muslim hate crime near schools have been reported to police in Lancashire and Preston since 7 January 2015.

Photo of Mark Hendrick Mark Hendrick Labour, Preston

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of anti-Muslim hate crime were reported to the police in Preston and Lancashire in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014.

Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone The Minister of State, Home Department

All forms of hate crime are deplorable and it’s important that victims are

protected and have the confidence to come forward. The Government is driving

forward work to tackle hostility and hate crime. We have toughened up

sentencing and are working closely with the police and other agencies to

increase reporting, improve support and prevent these terrible crimes happening

in the first place.

We continue to work with our voluntary sector partners to raise awareness of

hate crime at local and national events, and explore opportunities to promote

the use of the True Vision web tool further, including through targeted social

media advertising with direct messages to specific groups.

The Government’s action plan on hate crime, published in 2012, and progress

report, published in May 2014, outline actions currently being taken by the

government to tackle hate crime, as well as the many actions which have already

been completed.

The Home Office does not hold the requested information. The Home Office

receives data on hate crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales for

the five centrally monitored strands (race, religion, sexual orientation,

disability and gender identity) but these data cannot be broken down by

religion of the victim. Furthermore, it is not possible to identify whether a

hate crime took place near a school from the information the Home Office

receives from the police.

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