Racial hate crimes on trains soar in UK after Brexit

The number of suspected race hate crimes on Britain’s railways sharply increased since Britain voted to leave the European Union in June, newly released figures show.

Two weeks after the Brexit vote on June 23, 119 incidents, including reported racist abuse and attacks at stations, were recorded, equivalent to eight every day, the British Transport Police (BTP) announced Sunday.

The number of alleged race hate offences in the fortnight following Brexit increased by 57 percent compared with the two weeks prior to the vote. Moreover, it represented a 78 percent hike on the equivalent period last year.

BTP polices Britain’s railways as well as a number of urban networks such as London Underground.

The BTP report found that in one incident at a station, a suspect allegedly shouted at a victim who was speaking in Polish. There were also three alleged instances of racially or religiously aggravated bodily harm, including one in which the victim was…

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