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Year on year since 2015 recorded hate crime has increased within Herefordshire by 65%. This increase is roughly in line with the 62% increase observed across West Mercia during the same time period, indicating a possible increase in public confidence to report these crime types, rather than a locality anomaly. The breakdown of hate crime by type is shown below. The majority of crimes continue to be racial in nature, a trend that has remained since 2014. Of concern is a spike in the number of sexual orientation focused crimes between 2017/18 with a 73% increase, this equates to 33 recorded crimes compared to 19 recorded crimes in 2016/17.
Proportion of hate crime by subject area
Source: West Mercia Police
Last updated: Tuesday, May 15, 2018