UK Politics

Faith Hatred

The Sunday Telegraph reports on ‘faith crimes’ in the UK.

Police forces started recording the religion of faith-hate crime victims only this year. They did so on the instruction of the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), which wanted a clear picture of alleged community tensions around the country, following reports of Muslims being attacked after September 11 and the July 7 London bombings last year.

The CPS said only 43 people were charged with “religiously aggravated” offences last year, and concluded that the large rise expected after the July 7 bombings had not materialised.

It’s not all good news though:

One in 400 Jews compared to one in 1,700 Muslims are likely to be victims of “faith hate” attacks every year.

The CPS report revealed that not a single person accused of an anti-Semitic crime had been prosecuted on a charge of religiously aggravated offending.