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Disability Hate Crimes Up 213% Since 2007

January 11, 2015

SHOCK figures today reveal a 213 per cent rise in the number of prosecutions for hate crime against the disabled.

The statistics, released by the Crown Prosecution Service, show that 4,000 cases have been brought since 2007 when the offence was introduced.

Cases have involved verbal abuse, kicking a guide dog, setting fire to a wheelchair or attacks on cars displaying the blue badge that allows those with mobility problems to park near their destination.

The devastating impact of the crime was highlighted in 2009 when Fiona Pilkington, 38, of Barwell, Leicestershire, killed herself and her 18-year-old disabled daughter Francesca after being targeted by yobs. Their bodies were found in a burnt-out car.

As a result the Sunday Express ran a successful crusade calling for a law that would force councils and police to act if there were 10 complaints about anti-social behaviour.

Last year 574 disability hate crime cases were recorded, compared with 183 in 2007/8. However, Stephen Brookes, of the UK Disability Hate Crime Network and Disability Rights charity, said the figures were probably much higher.

He said: “I believe the number of people actually suffering is equivalent to the number who report religious and race hate crime each year – 60,000.”

Former director of public prosecutions Ken MacDonald last year said the police and CPS regularly overlook the crime despite “lots and lots of cases involving disabled people being abused, injured, or murdered”.

A CPS spokesman said last night the body launched a Disability Hate Crime Action Plan in 2014 to tackle the issue.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 11, 2015 8:43 am

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  2. Jeffery Davies permalink
    January 11, 2015 8:58 am

    Hum with the likes of rtu ids mc bile hounding the disabled isnt funny their troops listen to their propaganda
    but sadly its turning poor against poor and that isnt good when these idiots should be fgighting them

  3. January 11, 2015 2:03 pm

    The disabled are portrayed in the media and by politics as fraudulently claiming benefit.

    Anyone on benefit is depicted as being a burden on the taxpayer and contributing nothing.

    The state is inciting hatred on millions of people of all ages.

    So-called sympathetic nice people sneer at me if I do get up out of a supermarket mobility scooter trolley and walk even one pace. So how are we to get about with pained feet and legs, they care not in the least.

    Most of the people, not just the yobs, hate anyone on benefit, because the incitement is being done by the media and government.

    Someone disabled and over 60 denied state pension payout since 2013, is just as liable to loss of disability benefit, benefit sanctions, workfare and Bedroom tax.

    Someone chronic sick and/or disabled and over 60 is equally sneered at or spoken to abusively, if get up out of mobility scooter.

    With state spending due to fall to 1930s levels, so before the 1945 welfare state, it can only get worse.

    And the worse is that the disabled over 60s denied state pension payout since 2013 will end up with women born from 1953 and men born from 1951 with
    bulk of rest LESS NOT MORE state pension,
    when this is sole food and fuel money in old age for over half of over 60s within the poor.
    See if you and your family lose all help in old age forever:

  4. rainbowwarriorlizzie permalink
    January 11, 2015 6:04 pm


  5. January 12, 2015 9:40 pm

    Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

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