New figures reveal increase in racial and sexual hate crimes in South Yorkshire

THE number of hate crimes has increased in South Yorkshire over the last four years, new figures have revealed.

Statistics from South Yorkshire Police’s records based on the number of hate crimes by race, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation and transgender between 2018 to 2022 were released following a Freedom of Information Act request.

They showed racial hate crime incidents had increased from 1,870 in 2018 to 2,435 four years later.

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Recorded disability-based hate crimes had surged by 211, crimes against sexual orientation were up by 329 and transgender hate crimes had risen by 25.  

Only religious hate crimes had decreased within that time period, with a fall of 27.