A police and crime commissioner has said that the surge in hate crimes, including ones against LGBT+ people, has been in part caused by Brexit and social media.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, West Yorkshire's Mark Burns-Williamson said: “There is a concern there regarding the sort of environment we’re living in at the moment.
“The political environment, let’s be honest, doesn’t help, in terms of Brexit and the divisions that have been created.
“Social media plays into a lot of this as well.”
He continued: “I would accept that the police have issues around investigative capacity and evidence gathering.
“But it’s something that doesn’t always have to end with criminal justice. There are a lot of other outcomes.
“A lot of victims don’t necessarily want perpetrators to be brought before the courts. They may prefer for them to be spoken to and told how their behaviour is making them feel.
“It’s a national issue and we need to understand more to get beneath that data.”
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