RACIST, anti-religious and homophobic abuse incidents rose by 41% in the month after Brexit, new figures reveal.
Some 3,886 such crimes were reported in July 2015, climbing to 5,468 during the same month of this year.
The Home Office said the sharp increase declined in August but has ‘remained at a higher level than prior to the EU referendum’.
The total number of hate crimes in the year 2015-2016 was up 19% on last year, with 62,518 offences reported to the police.
Some 79% were motivated by race hate, 12% by sexual orientation, 7% by religion, 6% by disability and 1% were transgender hate crimes.