Mate crime: The grooming of vulnerable people

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Hate crime against disabled people is said to be on the rise, including so-called "mate crime", where people pretend to befriend a vulnerable person, while secretly stealing from or abusing them.

Mate crime is often difficult for police to investigate, due to its sometimes ambiguous nature. Campaigners believe the problem is a far more serious situation than is currently reported in statistics.

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In this audio, originally aired on the Ouch talk show, the problem is discussed by campaigning journalist Katharine Quarmby and Mike Smith, who's co-author of an EHCR inquiry into disability harassment. The presenters are Kate Monaghan and Rob Crossan.

Read a transcript of the full show which includes the above item.

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