Coronavirus – Hate crime (7A/20)

Request

For the calendar years 2018 and 2019 and the period 1st January 2020 to 23rd March 2020, please could tell me:

 1) The number of race hate crimes recorded against Chinese victims

 2) If it is within the time/cost limit set out by the FOI Act, a brief description of each crime listed in your answer to question 1

Response

Please find enclosed our response.

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.

We have provided a total number of hate crime where the victim’s ethnicity description was Chinese, in relation to Question 2 we have provided the type of Hate Offence as to provide ( a brief description ) at any lower level than that has been provided would be likely to attract exemptions of

Section 31(1) (a) (b) Law Enforcement

Section 40 (2) Personal Data.

 

Offence 2018 2019 2020 Total
HARASSMENT 0 1 0 1
RACIALLY/RELIGIOUSLY AGGRAVATED COMMON ASSAULT 1 0 0 1
RACIALLY/RELIGIOUSLY AGGRAVATED FEAR/PROVOCATION OF VIOLENCE (S4) 0 1 0 1
RACIALLY/RELIGIOUSLY AGGRAVATED HARASSMENT WITHOUT VIOLENCE S2 1 0 0 1
RACIALLY/RELIGIOUSLY AGGRAVATED INTENTIONAL HARASSMENT,ALARM OR DISTRESS 3 1 1 5
RACIALLY/RELIGIOUSLY AGGRAVATED S47 ASSAULT AND MALICIOUS WOUNDING 1 0 0 1
SEND COMMUNICATION/ARTICLE CONVEYING A THREATENING MESSAGE 0 2 0 2
SEND COMMUNICATION/ARTICLE WHOLE/PART OF AN  INDECENT/GROSSLY OFFENSIVE NATURE 0 1 0 1
THREATEN TO DAMAGE PROPERTY 1 0 0 1
Total 7 6 1 14

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