The force has very helpfully published its hate crime statistics online (http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/hate-crime/). These show there were four non-crime hate incidents reported to the force in 2015/16. This includes the following:
– One incident of racially/religiously aggravated harassment without violence S2
– One homophobic incident – harassment/alarm or distress
– Two disability hate incidents – one where victim had learning difficulties, one where they had mental health problems
Could you please provide anonymised details of each of these incidents? This should include basic notes on the nature of the incident and what happened, why it was flagged as a hate incident (eg. victim is disabled), and where it took place (if necessary, this can be anonymised to protect the victim, eg. stating “in a hospital grounds”, rather than naming the exact location).
A short summary of each incident, would be perfect.
Please find attached our response. I apologise for the delay in responding.
Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.
The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.
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