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Hate crime charges up in Britain

Dec. 4, 2006 at 1:49 PM   |   Comments

LONDON, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Britain saw a 28-percent surge in the number of racial hate crime prosecutions last year, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Police charged 7,430 people with racially aggravated offenses and, of those, 6,123 went to trial, the service's Director of Public Prosecutions Ken Macdonald said Monday.

He said, however, the Islamist attacks on London subways and buses in July 2005 didn't create the spike of retaliatory violence many expected, The Independent reported.

"Although there were more cases in July 2005 than for any other month, the rise did not continue into August, and overall in 2005-06 there was an increase of nine cases compared to the previous year," Macdonald said.

For they year, 43 people were charged with religious-based crimes, and 41 were prosecuted. That represents a 26.5-percent increase over 2004, Macdonald said.

Overall, 16 percent of those charged with hate crimes were found guilty in trials for a conviction rate of 87 percent, which is a 3-percent increase over the previous year, the report said.

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