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UK Disability hate crime is at its highest level since records began in England & Wales.

Posted by John Burn-Murdoch     Tuesday 14th August 2012 .   Find Full Article Here:-

The number of recorded incidents of disability hate crime in England and Wales rose in 2011 to almost 2,000, its highest total since records began. In the same year there were just 523 convictions for the offence.

Crime figures
The number of incidents of disability hate crime reported to the police is at its highest since records began. Photograph: Johnny Green/PA

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.

Data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act shows the number of recorded incidents grew by 60% between 2009 and 2011.

While almost 2,000 reports were made to the police last year, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) made just 523 convictions for disability hate crime over the same period.

169 crimes were reported in Hertfordshire, more than in any other police force area in 2011. Suffolk had the second largest total, 152. South Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire had the lowest, with seven reports each.

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