Race hate crime rising in Lincolnshire

After magistrates punished a teenage racist for driving a schoolgirl to the brink of suicide, new figures show race hate crime in Lincolnshire is rising.

Statistics released by the police show that 277 race hate crimes were recorded in Lincolnshire in the last 12 months. The seven per cent surge in race crime has sparked fears that the county is failing to get to grips with racism.

The 15-year-old schoolboy whose campaign of racist taunts led a girl to try to kill herself earlier this year is just one illustration of the problem.

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