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.

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