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Majority of hate crimes in the UK are race-related

CRIME: Most hate crimes are race-related. Crown Prosecution Service figures reveal disturbing findings.

THE MAJORITY of hate crimes prosecuted last year were racially aggravated, new figures have shown.

According to the Crown Prosecution Service's (CPS) hate crimes report, a shocking 12,711 of the 15,284 hate crime prosecutions in 2010-11 were race-related, with 83 percent of cases leading to an eventual conviction.

The statistics, which also includes homophobic, transphobic and disability hate crimes, also show that nearly 600 incidents recorded last year involved religious hatred.

Keir Starmer QC, the director of public prosecutions, told the Associated Press: "All crime is unacceptable but offences that are driven by hostility or hatred based on personal characteristics are particularly damaging to any civilised society."

He continued: "The CPS has an important part to play in tackling hate crime in our society and I am encouraged by these statistics that we are on a firm footing to continue that fight.

"There is a lot more that needs to be done within society as a whole, particularly in the area of crimes against the disabled community, as I have already acknowledged," he added.

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