What is a hate crime?
The nationally agreed definition by the National Police Chief’s Council and the Crown Prosecution Service is: “any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race or perceived race; religion or perceived religion; sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation; disability or perceived disability and any crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgendered or perceived to be transgender”.
Number of hate crimes in Lancashire
1,052 - April 2016 to March 2017
Driver caught 'snoring merrily away' on the M6 near Bamber Bridge with full-beam headlights and engine running
Fulwood flasher wearing balaclava leaves mum and her seven-year-old daughter feeling 'shaken up'
M6 to close overnight to allow two bridges damaged by vehicle strikes to be repaired
Murder inquiry launched after man critically injured in Preston assault dies
Leyland residents claim they are paying grounds maintenance fees to make it look "worse"
2,105 - April 2017 to March 2018
1,121 - April 2018 to September 2018
Hate crime prosecutions
There were 271 prosecutions for hate crime in Lancashire during 2017/18, resulting in 229 convictions:
• Racial and religious crime - 222 cases with 188 convictions• Homophobic and transphobic crime - 27 cases with 23 convictions• Disability hate crime - 22 cases with 18 convictions• Crimes against an older person - 110 cases with 97 convictions