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One hate crime recorded every day over three years in Wrexham

Published date: 29 January 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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MORE than 1,000 incidents of hate crime have been recorded in Wrexham in the last three years, statistics have revealed.

But the figure was described as a “drop in the ocean” by a refugee worker, given Wrexham’s total population.

The figures, obtained by the Leader under the Freedom of Information Act, show North Wales Police have recorded 1,385 hate crimes in the county since January, 2011.

The lowest yearly total was the 423 incidents recorded in 2011, meaning an average of more than one hate crime recorded a day over the three year period.

Of the total number, 989 of the recorded incidents were racial hate crimes.

But Dorothy Mitchell, who works with refugees in the Wrexham area, said the figures are not a true reflection of race relations in the county.

Miss Mitchell is part of the Wrexham Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support Group, which works to integrate refugees and asylum seekers in the Wrexham area.

She said: “When you take the population of Wrexham, 300 [racial incidents] is not really high. If you think of it there is only one per cent of our population that is ethnic. 300 is a drop in the ocean.

“There are 120,000 people in Wrexham so this is only a small amount. In Wrexham we are pretty good at welcoming people.”

A total of 331 of the racial incidents resulted in charges being brought.

Of the 1,385 hate crimes recorded since January 2011, there were 407 charges brought in total.

Across England and Wales, statistics released by the Home Office showed there were a total of 47,548 racist incidents recorded in 2012-13, down from 47,678 in 2011-12 and 51,585 in 2010-11.

A racist incident is defined as any incident, including crime, which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person.

Categories classed as a hate crime by North Wales Police are age-related, disability, English/Welsh language, gender, homophobic, gipsy, migrant worker, racial, religious and transphobic.

Racial crimes make up more than 70 per cent of the total recorded number, and there were 179 homophobic hate crimes over the three year period between 2011 and 2013.

A North Wales Police spokesman said: “North Wales Police is committed to the promotion of equality and diversity within the force and within the communities it serves.

“We have designated diversity officers to help and support victims of hate crimes and incidents and ensure that the force hate crime policy and hate crime protocols are fully applied in all hate incidents and hate crimes.

“This provides the highest standards of investigation with a view to early detection and community reassurance.

“Strenuous efforts have been made in recent years to increase reassurance and the level of care given to victims of hate crime generally, one of the intended outcomes being to enable victims and witnesses to feel more confident in reporting hate crimes and incidents.”

For more news from across the region visit newsnorthwales.co.uk

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