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Anti-Semitic and hate crimes rising in the North-East according to latest figures

Recently released figures have shown almost 100 anti-semitic hate crimes were reported in the Northumbria Police area in the past 12 months.

Hate crime is any criminal offence believed to be motivated by someone’s personal characteristics.

The Community Security Trust (CST) charity said, nationally, it has recorded more than 2,000 anti-Jewish hate crimes in the last year.

In the Northumbria Police area, 86 anti-Semitic incidents towards Jewish people, organisations or property were reported to the CST in 2021. This is down from 94 the year before, but well up on the 58 recorded in 2019.

These included 69 incidents of abusive behaviour, 11 assaults and five reports of damage or desecration to property. The CST said a record 2,255 such incidents occurred across the UK in 2021 – up 34 per cent from 1,684 the previous year.

Reports peaked during a time of heightened conflict between Israel and Palestine, with 661 in May alone.

Mark Gardner, CST chief executive, said: “Record levels of anti-Jewish racism, reported by our Jewish community to CST and police, show how difficult last year was for Jews across Britain.”

The CST recorded 1,844 incidents involved abusive behaviour carried out verbally, through social media, anti-Semitic graffiti, or hate mail.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said she will ensure police have the resources to tackle these “despicable” attacks so that perpetrators can then be punished with the full force of the law.

She added: “These statistics are shocking and a stark reminder that the racism of anti-Semitism has not been eradicated.

Durham Constabulary meanwhile reported 503 race hate crimes in the period before the pandemic took hold.

A spokesman for the force said: “While some of the increase is down to a change in the way crime is recorded, we are certain that part of it is due to victims having more confidence to come forward and report offences to the police because they know they will be listened to.

“Racism and hate crime in any form is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

“We pride ourselves on being an inclusive police force which puts victims at the heart of everything we do.

“We would urge anyone who has suffered hate crime to contact us and we will take action to bring the offenders to justice.”


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