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Racism After Brexit Jumped On Railways After EU Referendum Vote, Finds British Transport Police

The findings – described by one campaign group as “very worrying” – chime with a spike revealed in data from forces around the country.  A spate of reported incidents sparked fears of a wave of xenophobic abuse following the Brexit vote.

BTP statistics for the two weeks after the referendum, obtained by the Press Association following a Freedom of Information request, show that:

  • There were 11 alleged race hate offences on June 25 – the day after the outcome of the vote was announced.
  • Public order crimes were the most commonly recorded incidents, with dozens of suspects said to have made racist comments towards passengers or staff.
  • In one episode at Hastings station in East Sussex on June 26, a suspect allegedly shouted at a victim who was speaking in Polish.
  • There were three alleged instances of racially or religiously aggravated actual bodily harm, including one in which the victim was “perceived to be attacked due to their nationality”.
  • At the time the FOI response was issued earlier this month, 22 people had been arrested in relation to the cases recorded in the fortnight after the referendum was held.

Article source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2016/08/22/racism-after-brexit-trains-railways_n_11648170.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-politics&ir=UK+Politics