Hate crime reporting in Lancashire rises

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Hate crime reporting has increased by about a third in Lancashire with more than 1,000 incidents, latest police figures show.

Lancashire Police said 250 more hate crimes were reported between April 2013 and March compared to the previous year, a rise of about 32%.

Race-related hate crime went up by 140 incidents, or about 22%, over the same period.

Police said an increased awareness meant a "truer picture... is emerging".

Hate crimes are defined as being motivated by racism, homophobia, religious bigotry or other prejudice.

A statement from Lancashire Police said: "There has been an increase in hate crime reporting from members of the public.

"We believe this is due to greater trust in the police and increased awareness of hate crime, meaning that a truer picture of race hate crime is now emerging."

Between April 2013 to March, 1,027 hate crimes were recorded with 765 classified as race-related.

There were 777 hate crimes reported from April 2012 to March last year, where 625 were categorised as race-related.

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