Violent hate crime against disabled has risen by 41 per cent in the last year, figures suggest

Disability hate crime involving violence has risen by 41 per cent in the last year, figures suggest.

Offences with an online element have also gone up by 71 per cent, data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act showed.

The Leonard Cheshire charity sent requests to all 43 police forces in England and Wales, and the full responses from 25 forces showed there were 5,015 offences of disability hate crime recorded by police in 2018-19 compared to 4,111 the previous year – a rise of 22 per cent.

In 2017-18 the figures showed 1,805 of these offences had involved violence, rising to 2,538 in 2018-19.

Twenty-three of the forces were able to provide data to show how many had involved an online element. There were 201 offences in 2017-18 compared to 344 in 2018-19.

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