Hates crimes in the UK reached record levels following the June vote to leave the European Union, reports Aljazeera. Figures collated by the Press Association show that the number of reported hate crimes from July to September 2016 rose to 14,295 cases, up from 10,793 during the same quarter in 2015. Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire police forces dealt with just over a 1,000 cases each, and London’s Metropolitan police force recorded 3,356 cases.
The British government said it was working on ways to tackle hate crime and provide help to its victims. Eastern European migrants to the UK were particularly affected in the aftermath of the vote to leave the EU, or Brexit. Within days of the June 23 referendum, Polish communities reported a series of incidents, including the distribution of leaflets describing them as “vermin” and racist graffiti outside a cultural centre in London.