Hate crime – should the aggravated and stirring up hatred offences be extended? – Law Commission

“The Commission has been asked by Government to consider whether two existing groups of offences dealing with hate crime should be extended.”

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Law Commission, 14th December 2012

Source: www.lawcommission.justice.gov.uk

Hate-crime cases failing in court, says CPS – The Independent

Posted October 18th, 2012 in crime, harassment, hate crime, news, prosecutions, reports, statistics, victims by sally

“Increasing numbers of hate-crime prosecutions are collapsing because victims are backing out or their stories unravel in court, a new report from the Crown Prosecution Service reveals today.”

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The Independent, 18th October 2012

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Disability hate crime is at its highest level since records began – The Guardian

“There were 1,942 recorded incidents of disability hate crime in England and Wales in 2011, an increase of more than 25% on the total for 2010 and the highest since this data was first recorded in April 2010.”

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The Guardian, 14th August 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Hate crimes against disabled people soar to a record level – The Independent

Posted June 19th, 2012 in crime, disabled persons, harassment, hate crime, news by sally

“‘Anti-scrounger’ rhetoric blamed for doubling of offences since 2008 financial crisis.”

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The Independent, 19th June 2012

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‘Challenge it, report it, stop it’ – a plan to tackle hate crime – Home Office

“A government plan to tackle hate crime is launched today with the key message to ‘challenge it, report it, stop it’. Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone unveiled the plan as she addressed a hate crime conference organised by the association of chief police officers (ACPO) in Birmingham.”

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Home Office, 14th March 2012

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Stronger CPS cases in hate crime lead to increase in guilty pleas – Crown Prosecution Service

“The CPS is prosecuting more hate crimes, more successfully and with more defendants pleading guilty than ever before.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 14th February 2012

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Guardian journalist wins right to ‘sensitive’ court papers related to Griffin conviction – OUT-LAW.com

“The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) must disclose some papers it holds relating to the successful conviction of controversial right-wing politician Nick Griffin for a racial hate crime in the 1990s, an Information Rights Tribunal has ruled.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th February 2012

Source: www.out-law.com

Strategy to drive out transgender prejudice – Home Office

“Tougher sentences for hate crimes, support for transgender pupils in schools, and tailored recruitment advice for businesses are just some of the actions in the first transgender equality plan launched by the government today.”

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Home Office, 8th December 2011

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Police are failing people with learning disabilities, says study – The Guardian

“People with learning disabilities continue to be failed by police forces, with many neither properly investigating disability hate crimes or treating victims as credible witnesses, according to a report by Mencap.”

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The Guardian, 20th June 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

DPP says prosecuting disability hate crime is “the next frontier” for the Criminal Justice System – Crown Prosecution Service

“Prosecutors are ‘still in the foothills’ when it comes to prosecuting disability hate crime, the DPP Keir Starmer QC said today (Wednesday ) in a speech to Sussex Law School’s ‘Issues in Criminal Justice’ series at the University of Sussex.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 2nd March 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Neo-Nazis convicted of race hate charges – The Independent

Posted June 25th, 2010 in hate crime, inciting racial hatred, news, racism, terrorism by sally

“Two ‘proud neo-Nazis’ who posted abusive messages on the internet about Jews and other ethnic minorities were convicted of inciting racial hatred today.”

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The Independent, 24th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

EHRC to launch inquiry into disability hate crimes – The Guardian

Posted June 14th, 2010 in disabled persons, harassment, hate crime, inquiries, news by sally

“The Equality and Human Rights Commission is to launch a probe into disability hate crimes and harassment after figures revealed that a person appears in court every working day charged with abusing the disabled – often violently.”

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The Guardian, 14th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prosecutors must ‘raise game’ on disabled hate crime – BBC News

“The Crown Prospection Service should do more to help disabled victims of hate crime, an official has admitted.”

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BBC News, 22nd March 2010

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CPS refuses to reveal details of Nick Griffin’s race hate trial – The Guardian

“The Crown Prosecution Service is ­blocking attempts to disclose details about the prosecution of Nick Griffin, the leader of the British National party, for race hate crimes, claiming that to do so would breach his data protection rights.”

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Action on disability hate crimes – The Independent

Posted December 3rd, 2009 in disabled persons, harassment, hate crime, local government, news by sally

“Local authorities that fail to protect disabled people from persistent harassment or anti-social behaviour will face legal action if they are found to be ignoring disability hate crimes, the Equality and Human Rights Commission will announce today.”

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The Independent, 3rd December 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Plans to tackle hate crime to better support victims – Home Office

Posted September 15th, 2009 in crime, hate crime, news, victims by sally

“New measures to support victims of hate crime, bring more perpetrators to justice and increase reporting of these crimes were outlined today by the governmet.”

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Home Office press release, 14th September 2009

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Pair jailed for race-hate crimes – The Independent

Posted July 10th, 2009 in hate crime, inciting religious hatred, internet, news, sentencing by sally

“Two men were jailed today for inciting racial hatred online.  Simon Sheppard, 52, was sentenced to four years and 10 months while Stephen Whittle, 42, was given a term of two years and four months after being convicted of a number of race-hate crimes.”

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The Independent, 10th July 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Disability hate crimes ‘unseen’ – BBC News

Posted July 6th, 2009 in disabled persons, hate crime, news, sentencing, victims, Wales by sally

“Hate crimes against people with disabilities in Wales are unreported or unrecognised for what they are, campaigners and charities say.”

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BBC News, 6th July 2009

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Prosecutors press for action against BNP leaflets – The Guardian

Posted June 29th, 2009 in hate crime, inciting racial hatred, news, political parties by sally

“Senior prosecutors are calling for the laws on race hate crimes to be strengthened to counter the threat posed by the British National party.”

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The Guardian, 28th June 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Men convicted of race hate crimes – BBC News

Posted January 9th, 2009 in hate crime, news, racism by sally

“Two men have been convicted of publishing  ‘obnoxious and abhorrent’  racist material.”

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BBC News, 8th January 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk