Figures reveal a ‘shocking’ rise in homophobic hate crimes

Forces recorded 5,597 hate crimes against gays and lesbians in 2014-15, a rise of 22 per cent

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The number of homophobic attacks reported to police leapt by nearly a quarter last year, Home Office figures have revealed.

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Forces in England and Wales recorded 5,597 hate crimes against gays and lesbians in 2014-15, a rise of 22 per cent on the previous 12 months.

The spike in violence and abuse based on victims’ sexual orientation emerged in statistics revealing a continued rise in offences which are classified as “hate crimes”.

Read more at independent.co.uk

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