UK hate crimes at record levels after Brexit vote

Hate crimes in the United Kingdom have risen to record numbers in the three months following Britain’s referendum to exit the European Union, according to a new analysis.

More than 14,000 hate crimes were recorded by police departments in England and Wales in the three months following the Brexit vote, an increase of 27 percent, according to data compiled by the Press Association.

The Metropolitan, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire police departments each recorded more than 1,000 racist incidents against immigrants in the three months ending in September 2016, the analysis found.

Hate crime generally refers to criminal acts against a specific group that are motivated by bias. Criminal acts may involve physical assault, bullying, harassment, damage to property, verbal abuse or insults, offensive graffiti and hate mail.

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The report prompted the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Britain to warn the country’s police departments to…

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