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Racially Aggravated Offences

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many racially-motivated crimes were committed in each police force area in 2008-09. (290974)

[holding answer 14 September 2009]: The available statistics relate to racially or religiously aggravated offences recorded by the police for some specific crime categories and are given in the table. It is not possible to separately identify those of a racial nature from those of a religious nature.

Total racially or religiously aggravated offences1 recorded by the police in England and Wales, 2008-09

Police force area

Number of offences

Avon and Somerset

1,148

Bedfordshire

230

British Transport Police

1,287

Cambridgeshire

402

Cheshire

424

Cleveland

288

Cumbria

188

Derbyshire

469

Devon and Cornwall

588

Dorset

302

Durham

220

Dyfed-Powys

113

Essex

871

Gloucestershire

277

Greater Manchester

3,586

Gwent

205

Hampshire

1,089

Hertfordshire

709

Humberside

374

Kent

755

Lancashire

846

Leicestershire

953

Lincolnshire

155

London, City of

57

Merseyside

1,059

Metropolitan Police

7,955

Norfolk

254

Northamptonshire

359

Northumbria

808

North Wales

300

North Yorkshire

193

Nottinghamshire

840

South Wales

610

South Yorkshire

774

Staffordshire

760

Suffolk

322

Surrey

328

Sussex

586

Thames Valley

1,350

Warwickshire

351

West Mercia

481

West Midlands

2,859

West Yorkshire

2,122

Wiltshire

207

England and Wales total

38,054

1 Includes the following racially or religiously aggravated offences: GBH without intent, ABH or other injury, harassment, public fear, alarm or distress, assault without injury and criminal damage.