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City bucks the trend as hate crimes decrease.

A HATE crime was reported to police in Coventry nearly every day last year - but the number did fall from the previous year.

But in Coventry the number of hate crimes reported was down 16.6 per cent, from 428 in 2016 to 357 last year.

Of those 357 reports, 300 were racially motivated. A further 17 were said to be religiously motivated, while the final 40 had no recorded motivation.

In the West Midlands reports of hate crimes have continued to rise, but not in Coventry which is bucking the trend.

Figures released by West Midlands Police reveal that there was a significant increase in hate crimes in 2017, compared to the previous year prior.

In total, there were 4,450 reported across the police force area in 2017, a 10 per cent increase on the previous year.

The figures, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show the number of hate crimes, broken down by the Neighbourhood Policing Unit which dealt with the incident.

It revealed that for the second year running, Birmingham West saw the highest number of hate crimes committed, with a combined total of 2,454.

Chief Inspector Tony Morriss, from West Midlands Police, said: "We take all reports of hate crime extremely seriously and all cases are thoroughly investigated. It is unacceptable behaviour within our many diverse and multi-cultural communities.

"We are committed to reducing hate crime and we want people to feel confident in our ability to catch those responsible within Coventry."

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Date:Feb 19, 2018
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