North West hate crime conviction rate highest in country

13/07/2016

The North West of England has the highest conviction rate for hate crime prosecutions, a report published today shows.

In the past year, 87% of hate crimes prosecuted in Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria resulted in a conviction.  Nationally there were convictions in 83.2% of hate crime prosecutions. 

The report, published by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), also shows that the CPS in the North West prosecuted  more cases of disability hate crime last year than in 2014/15 and achieved an improved conviction rate of 81.5% for these offences.   There has also been an improvement in the conviction rate in the North West for homophobic and transphobic hate crime, with convictions in nearly 86% of cases, and in crimes against older people with a conviction rate of 85.1%.

Claire Lindley, Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS North West Area said: "Hate crime creates fear.  It is an attack on the identity of the person who has been targeted and it has a devastating impact on people's lives and on communities. 

"In the past year 87% of hate crime prosecutions in the North West have resulted in a conviction.   I hope that today's report will give people in the North West confidence that when they report a hate crime it will be taken seriously and I hope it will encourage others who have been the victim of a hate crime incident to report it to police.   It also sends a warning to those who abuse or assault someone because of hate or prejudice: where we have evidence we will bring prosecutions.

"The CPS is committed to working with partners in the Criminal Justice System and in our local communities to tackle hate crime in all its forms and to prosecute those responsible.   Last year for example we worked with the police, courts and with disabled people's organisations to organise a series of events to encourage the reporting of disability hate crime and I am pleased to see that the number of prosecutions and the conviction rate for these offences have improved this year. 

"Over the coming year we will continue to build on our work so far to further improve the way we prosecute hate crime and the service we offer to victims and witnesses."

The conviction rate for the North West area (Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria) for hate crime prosecutions overall was 87% in 2015/16 and 87.3% in 2014/15.  Nationally the conviction rate in 2015/16 was 83.2%.

In 2015/16 the conviction rate for homophobic and transphobic crime in the North West was 85.6%, up from 79% in 2014/15.   The conviction rate for disability hate crime in the region also improved from 75.8% in 2014/15 to 81.5%.  The conviction rate for racially and religiously aggravated crime has remained broadly consistent from 89.1% in 2014/15 to 87.7% in 2015/16.  For crimes against older people the conviction rate also remained consistent from 84.9% in 2014/15 to 85.1% in 2105/16.

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Note to editors

1. You can find the full report here
2. The report includes three separate strands of hate crime with statistics from the past two years.  In addition the report contains information about the prosecution of crimes against older people.