Disability Hate Crimes Up 213% Since 2007

Posted: January 11, 2015 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

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SHOCK figures today reveal a 213 per cent rise in the number of prosecutions for hate crime against the disabled.

The statistics, released by the Crown Prosecution Service, show that 4,000 cases have been brought since 2007 when the offence was introduced.

Cases have involved verbal abuse, kicking a guide dog, setting fire to a wheelchair or attacks on cars displaying the blue badge that allows those with mobility problems to park near their destination.

The devastating impact of the crime was highlighted in 2009 when Fiona Pilkington, 38, of Barwell, Leicestershire, killed herself and her 18-year-old disabled daughter Francesca after being targeted by yobs. Their bodies were found in a burnt-out car.

As a result the Sunday Express ran a successful crusade calling for a law that would force councils and police to act if there were 10 complaints about anti-social behaviour.

Last year 574 disability hate crime cases…

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