Hate crime soared across Manchester in the wake of Lee Rigby’s horrific daylight slaying in the Woolwich terror attack, new figures reveal.
Figures obtained by MM reveal racially-motivated attacks shot up by 40% while religiously-motivated attacks rocketed by 51% across Greater Manchester between May 2013 and February 2014.
While figures then dropped to their lowest point for the year in February, they soared again in March – following the jailing of Rigby’s killers on February 26.
Racially-motivated attacks increased by 42% in Manchester while religiously-motivated attacks skyrocketed by a staggering 110%.
And now a ‘Greater Manchester says no to hate’ campaign has launched in reaction to the shocking statistics compiled by Teesside University.