Homophobic hate crime reports rocket while number of prosecutions falls

Homophobic hate crime reports rocket while number of prosecutions falls
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Posted on 11 Sep 2019

A BBC investigation has revealed that fewer people are being prosecuted for homophobic hate crimes - despite rising numbers of potential victims coming forward.


In 2014/15 police forces recorded 5,807 reports of homophobic abuse. In 2018/19, they recorded 13,530 such reports.

The same period of time saw a fall in the number of prosecutions, from 1,157 to 1,058 - a decrease from 20% of all reports to eight percent.


The figures were provided to the BBC after it sent a Freedom of Information request to 46 police forces across the UK, receiving full responses from 38 forces. 

Commenting on the statistics, a spokesman for the National Police Chiefs' Council said: "Unfortunately, with many cases, there are often no witnesses to these crimes and scarce evidence - this may lead to police being unable to identify a suspect."

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