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GOING UP: Hate crime statistics reveals increase in number of arrests in Three Rivers

 Published on: 28th July 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Data related to hate crimes in the district has been revealed to Chorleywood News in a Freedom of Information request.

From June 1, 2022, to June 1, 2023, 83 incidents were reported to Herts Police. Some offences listed under hate crimes include public fear, alarm or distress, stalking and harassment, and race or religious aggravation.

Six arrests were made in Three Rivers from June 1, 2022, to December 31, 2022, from 48 reported incidents. From January 1, 2023, to June 1, 2023, there have been 13 arrests from 35 reported incidents.

Chief Inspector James Lacey, Herts Police’s hate crime lead, said: “An increase in the numbers of reports is testament to the dedication the constabulary’s Hate Crime Officers give to increasing confidence from victims and witnesses.

“We have worked hard over recent years to make it easier to report hate crimes. We want victims to know that if they come forward, we can investigate the crime and they can receive support.

“We would urge anybody who is the victim of a hate crime to report it to us as soon as possible – we want to increase the number of victims reporting offences against them so we can do something about it, so we can better understand the scale of the problem and so that victims can receive support.

“Hate crimes and incidents can have a severe impact on the victim and on the wider community in which they occur and will absolutely not be tolerated in Hertfordshire.”

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