Racist incidents reported every week in North Devon

A MAN of Asian origin says he is regularly subjected to racist abuse in North Devon — and a Journal investigation has found there is at least one racist incident recorded by police every week in the region.

Statistics received in response to a freedom of information request revealed there were 377 racist crimes and 72 racist incidents in the past five years (a total of 449), meaning that, on average, there were between one and two racist crimes or incidents every week in North Devon and Torridge. A local family man, who is British but whose parents were of Asian origin, said racist outbursts were a common occurrence in Barnstaple.

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