Religiously Aggravated Offences: Lancashire

Home Office written question – answered on 24th March 2015.

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Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Conservative, Pendle

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of anti-Muslim hate crime were reported to the police in (a) Pendle and (b) Lancashire in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012, (iv) 2013 and (v) 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.

Further information on hate crimes, including force level figures, can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/hate-crimes-england-and-wales-2013-to-2014

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