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Four suspected hate crimes day on public transport last year

Four suspected hate crimes day on public transport last year

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Wednesday April 15 2015

The Independent covers the release of statistics on the number of racial or religiously aggravated hate crimes reported to British Transport Police following an FOI submitted by the Press Association.

According to the data, BTP recorded 1,468 hate crimes in 2014, up from 1,364 in 2013 and 1,351 in 2012.

The data shows that “232 of the suspected offences in 2014 involved violence, with 42 of those being racially or religiously aggravated assaults which resulted in actual bodily harm.

“There were also two allegedly racist attacks causing grievous bodily harm and three reports of racially or religiously aggravated malicious wounding.

The Independent quotes Mick Cash, general secretary of the transport union RMT, who told the paper the statistics were “shocking” and exposed “the sheer complacency of rail and tube bosses despite a weight of recent evidence suggesting that the safety of passengers and staff is being compromised”.”

He added: “De-staffed stations and over-stretched and over-crowded services are core factors in this increase in racially motivated incidents as far as our members are concerned.”

The Leicester Hate Crime project, which studied hate crime in the city of Leicester, found that many victims experienced hate crime while travelling on public transport. Among recommendations proposed by researchers who undertook the two year study was making public transport safer for all by introducing “visible campaigns that raise public awareness” of hate crime and “clear reporting strategies” designed by public transport companies for their customers.

“Poster campaigns detailing the harms of hate, fully-functioning and clearly visible CCTV cameras, and staff fully trained to recognise and deal with hate incidents were other practical suggestions offered by participants in this study which could make travelling on public transport safer for actual and potential hate crime victims,” the report adds.

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