Independent: Disability hate crimes rise by one-third in a year across England and Wales

Disability hate crime has risen by more than a third over the last year, shocking new figures have revealed.

The latest police figures show a 33 per cent increase in disability hate crime across England and Wales in 2017-18 compared to 2016-17.

Thirty-two of the 43 police forces which responded to a Freedom of Information (FoI) request recorded a total of 5,342 disability hate crimes in 2017-18, compared to 4,005 offences the previous year.

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