Police are dealing with a race-fuelled hate crime every THREE HOURS in Greater Manchester.
Hate crime figures obtained by the M.E.N through the Freedom of Information Act show around 5,300 racial attacks have been reported since April 2013.
The rate of incidents is also gathering pace, with a 14 per cent rise from 2013/14 to 2014/15.
Race hate attacks made up the majority of the region’s 6,378 hate crimes over the period, but there were also hundreds of reported incidents were victims were targeted over their disability, sexuality or religion.
There were 28 attacks on ‘subcultures’, defined as those people with an alternative appearance, which were re-classified as hate crimes in the wake of the 2007 murder of teenager Sophie Lancaster.
Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan said the rise was because more people are reporting hate crimes.
He said: “We have experienced an increase in the number of hate crimes reported in the last year and although this shows that more people are having the confidence to come forward, we realise there is still more to do.
“It is important for communities to stand together against crimes motivated by hate and prejudice.
“We, and our partner agencies, have done a lot of work to engage with our local communities and raise awareness of these kinds of offences and hate crime remains one of our priorities.
“We recognise that changing people’s attitudes is not an easy task but we are committed to reducing hate crime in any form and would urge more victims to come forward rather than suffering in silence”.
The majority of incidents were classed as public order offences but the figures also showed a murder in Tameside and an attempted murder in Bury were investigated as hate crimes.
GMP later decided John McHale – who was burned alive at an ex-offenders hostel in Audenshaw in March last year – was targeted for money and because of he was a sex offender and not because he was bisexual.
In October last year, a 22-year-old man was stabbed 15 times after confronting youths who were threw stones at his house and subjected him to racist taunts Kingfisher Drive, Freetown, Bury.
Just under a quarter of hate crimes resulted in an offender being charged while around two thirds were not punished.
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