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Showing 1 - 10 of 12 results for crime type "Hate crime" & area "South East"

Hate crime conviction rates in Sussex amongst highest in the country

New figures show that those committing hate crimes in Sussex are more likely to be convicted for their crimes than almost anywhere else in the country.

| Press Release , Hate crime , South East News

Hate crime conviction rate increases in Surrey

New figures show that those committing hate crimes in Surrey are more likely to be convicted for their crimes than previously.

| Press Release , Hate crime , South East News

More than eight in ten people convicted in hate crime cases in Kent

New figures show that more than eight out of ten people are being convicted in all hate crime cases in Kent.

| Press Release , Hate crime , South East News

Teenager jailed over unprovoked racist attack in Brighton

One teenager has been jailed and another has received a suspended prison sentence for an unprovoked racist attack on a Korean student in the street in Brighton, which left him with facial injuries.

| Press Release , Hate crime , CPS, South East News

Learning from a Kent teenager’s experience of hate crime

Staff from the Crown Prosecution Service in Kent have been hearing a first-hand account from a 16-year-old of the impact hate crime can have on people’s lives.

| Press Release , Hate crime , CPS, South East News

Pride in how hate crime is tackled in Surrey

Hundreds of Surrey residents have been learning more about what’s being done to tackle hate crime as part of the first ever Surrey Pride event.

| Press Release , Hate crime , CPS, South East News

Hate crime conviction rates in the South East amongst highest in the country

New figures show that those committing hate crimes in Kent, Surrey and Sussex are more likely to be convicted for their crimes than elsewhere in the country.

| Press Release , Hate crime , South East News

Help stop hate crime – find out more at Brighton and Hove Pride

Prosecutors from CPS South East will be at this year’s Brighton and Hove Pride event to encourage more reporting of hate crime from the LGBT+ community.

| Press Release , Hate crime , South East News

Leader and deputy leader of Britain First convicted of religiously-aggravated public order offences

The leader and deputy leader of Britain First have been convicted after filming and harassing people they incorrectly believed were involved in a rape trial at Canterbury Crown Court.


Two found guilty of ill treatment and neglect at West Sussex care home

Two carers at a specialist care home in West Sussex have been convicted for the wilful neglect and ill treatment of a vulnerable woman patient, following an investigation by West Sussex safeguarding detectives.

| Press Release , Hate crime , South East News

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Richard Paull
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Telephone: 02920 803950

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Cheryl Pendry
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Telephones: 0113 290 2839 / 07500 835186


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