Rise in race hate crime against chil­dren

Bangor Mail - - Nostalgia -

THE num­ber of recorded race hate crimes against chil­dren in North Wales has more than dou­bled in just three years, spark­ing con­cern over a “wor­ry­ing rise in racism”.

Chil­dren as young as one were among the victims as the num­ber of in­ci­dents rose from 21 in 2015/16 to 45 in 2017/18, ac­cord­ing to a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest made by chil­dren’s char­ity NSPCC.

The fig­ures rep­re­sent an in­crease of al­most 115% in three years – with more than 20% of in­ci­dents against chil­dren aged 10 or younger.

A 10-year-old girl said she tried to make her face “whiter” be­cause of the taunts she was sub­jected to.

She said: “I’ve been bul­lied ever since I started school. The bul­lies call me nasty names. It makes me feel so ashamed.

“My friends won’t hang out with me any more be­cause peo­ple started ask­ing why they were friends with some­one who had dirty skin. I was born in the UK, but bul­lies tell me to go back to my own coun­try.

“I don’t un­der­stand, be­cause I’m from the UK. I’ve tried to make my face whiter be­fore us­ing make up so that I can fit in. I just want to en­joy go­ing to school.”

North Wales Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner Ar­fon Jones said North Wales Po­lice would con­tinue its “zero tol­er­ance” ap­proach to hate crime.

“This is a wor­ry­ing trend in North Wales that ap­pears to re­flect a wor­ry­ing rise in racism across the UK,” he said.

“It is par­tic­u­larly un­pleas­ant when di­rected against chil­dren and I would urge victims of this crime to re­port it to North Wales Po­lice.

The steep­est rise was seen in ma­li­cious com­mu­ni­ca­tions to young peo­ple and the most fre­quently re­ported crime was racially or re­li­giously ag­gra­vated fear, alarm or dis­tress, which ac­counted for 30% of all race hate crime re­ported in North Wales over the three-year pe­riod.

An­gle­sey re­al­ity star Jude Cisse, for­mer wife of Liver­pool star Djib­ril Cisse, spoke out in April against racism on so­cial me­dia and in sport, after her sons were tar­geted on­line.

In Wales, the north has the se­cond high­est fig­ures for hate crimes against chil­dren, with South Wales see­ing the most re­ports.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.