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- In 2014/15 there were 52,528 hate crimes recorded in England and Wales
- More than eight out of 10 of the attacks were classed as race hate crimes
- It comes after David Cameron called for an end to race discrimination
- Called for the UK to be the 'the proudest multi-racial democracy on earth'
The number of 'hate crimes' reported to police has jumped by nearly a fifth, shock figures revealed this morning.
Overall, there were some 52,528 such offences recorded by forces in England and Wales in 2014/15 - an jump of 18 per cent compared to the previous year, the Home Office said.
More than eight out of 10 of the attacks were classed as race hate crimes, with the other offences targeting people for their religion, disability, sexual orientation or because they were transgender.
The number of 'hate crimes' reported to police has jumped by nearly a fifth, shock figures revealed this morning
Despite the shock rise in hate attacks, the actual scale of abuse is likely to be higher than the number drawn from police records.
Officials calculated that, based on combined data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales between 2012/13 to 2014/15, there were an estimated 222,000 hate crimes on average per year.
The latest figures follow a trend seen in 2013/14, when offences involving religious hatred soared by 45 per cent and race hate crime by 4 per cent in the wake of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby.
A report published alongside the new data this morning pointed to improved recording of crime over the last year, particularly for offences involving violence.
It added: 'Together with a greater awareness of hate crime, and improved willingness of victims to come forward, this is likely to be a factor in the increase in hate crimes recorded by the police in 2014/15 compared with the previous year.'
David Cameron has also announced anti-Muslim hate crimes are to be recorded as a separate category for the first time.
This morning's hate crime figures contrast sharply with the Prime Minister's party conference pledge last week to create 'the proudest multi-racial democracy on earth'.
Challenging his party head on, Mr Cameron called for an end to discrimination based on gender, race and religion.
This morning's hate crime figures contrast sharply with the Prime Minister's party conference pledge last week to create 'the proudest multi-racial democracy on earth'
David Cameron this morning hit out at the 'unacceptable' rise in hate crime revealed by the Home Office today
He said: 'Do you know that in our country today: even if they have exactly the same qualifications, people with white-sounding names are nearly twice as likely to get call backs for jobs than people with ethnic-sounding names?'
He said one young black girl had to change her name to Elizabeth before she got any calls to interviews.
'That, in 21st century Britain, is disgraceful.
We can talk all we want about opportunity, but it's meaningless unless people are really judged equally.
'Think about it like this. Opportunity doesn't mean much to a British Muslim if he walks down the street and is abused for his faith.
'Opportunity doesn't mean much to a black person constantly stopped and searched by the police because of the colour of their skin.
'Opportunity doesn't mean much to a gay person rejected for a job because of the person they love.'
He went on: 'It doesn't mean much to a disabled person prevented from doing what they're good at because of who they are.'