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Increase in Hate Crime convictions in the West Midlands

November 19, 2012, 2:23 pm

The number of hate crime convictions in the West Midlands region has risen for a third year in a row to 87%, an increase of three percent on the previous year and four percent above the national average.

In 2011 / 2012, West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecuted 1,414 hate crime cases compared to 1,417 cases the year before. Racial and Religious incidents accounted for 1,265 of the 1,414 cases, Homophobic and Transphobic cases were 98 and Disability Hate Crime cases were 51.

The Area also saw an increase in the convictions for crimes against older people to 84%, an increase of one percent. Last year, we prosecuted 369 cases, up from 317 the year before – an increase of 16%.

Colin Molloy, Strategic Hate Crime Lead for West Midlands CPS, said:

“It is pleasing to see that the conviction rate for hate crime cases has increased to 87% demonstrating the knowledge and skills our prosecutors possess when handling crimes of this nature together with the level of support which is available to victims and witnesses in order to allow them to give evidence in court and support the prosecution case.

“The number of hate crime cases being prosecuted has fallen slightly which is encouraging as this could signal that fewer crimes of this nature are now being committed with perpetrators perhaps aware of the increased penalties.

“Disappointingly, crimes against older people have increased, but so has the conviction rate. I believe this is down to more people reporting such crimes to the police and supporting the prosecution case as they have confidence in the criminal justice system to bring these offenders to justice. The general public are becoming aware that this kind of offensive behaviour against a person, just because they are of a certain age and vulnerable, is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

“I take this opportunity of encouraging those who have been victims of such unacceptable crimes to report them to the police and confirm the CPS will do everything in our power to ensure that those who perpetrate such crimes are dealt with robustly.”

 
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