Daily Express

Reports of hate crimes soar in wake of EU vote

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REPORTS of hate crimes have spiked since the Brexit vote.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council said that between Thursday and Sunday there were 85 reported incidents – a rise of 57 per cent compared with the equivalent four days last month.

However Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton, of the NPCC, urged caution: “The increase in reports of hate crime is similar to trends after other major events.

“In previous instances, crime levels returned to normal relatively quickly, but we are monitoring the situation closely.”

Boris Johnson said yesterday he was “appalled” by reports of increased racism and xenophobia last weekend.

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