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Disability Hate Crime (1342A/21)


Please send me:

1) The total number of disability hate crimes recorded by your force that have taken place at football matches around the West Midlands from July 19th 2021 onwards

2) The total number of disability hate crimes that took place at football matches in 2019

3) A breakdown of where these hate crimes took place – e.g which football stadium – for both questions 1 and 2?


I mean professional matches – e.g. Birmingham City, Aston Villa etc.


Please find attached our response.

Please note – we have searched for Disability Hate Crime at the following locations:

Aston Villa, Villa Park, B6 6HE, Birmingham City, St. Andrews Stadium, Cattell Road, B9 4RL, Coventry City, Phoenix Way, Rowleys Green, CV6 6GE, Walsall, The Bank’s Stadium, Bescot Crescent, WS1 4SA, West Bromwich Albion, 9 Birmingham Road, B71 4LF and Wolverhampton Wanderers, Waterloo Road, WV1 4QR.  These searches are only for offences that occurred within the football ground and would not include any offences within the surrounding area.  In order to locate and retrieve data outside the ground would require a manual search and would be likely to exceed the FOI time limit.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

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.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.