Figures reveal our hate crime shame

FIFTEEN people a day become victims of hate crimes in Greater Manchester, new figures reveal.

Police have released data which includes crimes against disabled, gay and transgender people, and other minority groups.

A total of 5,348 hate crimes were recorded in Greater Manchester last year – accounting for 10.5 per cent of incidents recorded by 44 forces throughout England and Wales.

They included 4,406 racially-motivated crimes and 359 motivated by religion. But the number of race-hate crimes actually represented a drop of 12 per cent on the previous year.

GMP also recorded 497 homophobic crimes, 12 ‘transphobic’ crimes, and 74 against disabled people.

GMP said the figures, released by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), reflected Greater Manchester’s diversity and the seriousness of the force’s approach to hate crime.