Officials say figures show more victims coming forward

CONFIDENCE in reporting hate crime accounts for a rise in the number of incidents recorded in Boston, according to police.

But a Boston transgender group has said there is still not enough being done.

A Freedom of Information request has revealed the number of reported hate crimes in the town has risen over the last three years.

Equality and diversity officer for Lincolnshire Police Melanie Cowell said the force was working with the transcommunity to improve confidence in reporting hate crimes which she believes is a key reason why statistics have risen for sex hate crimes.

“For every person who reports a hate crime it’s a person who is getting support, in the short-term it’s a good thing,” she added.

“It’s early days but we fully expect the figures to go up further.”

The sex category, which includes sexual orientation and gender assignment, shot up from five or fewer in 2009 to 22 in 2010 with just 28 reported incidents in the county.

Other hate crime, which includes disability, rose from 11 in 2008 to 18 in 2009, and then sharply dropped again in 2010 to five or fewer, with seven across the county.

Figures for faith remained the same across all three years with only three across the county last year.

Race-related hate crimes have also decreased in Boston from 25 in 2008 to 24 in 2009 and 22 last year, with 274 across Lincolnshire in 2010.

However, a spokesperson for Boston Belles, a transgender group, says there is still not enough being done.

While there are campaigns to encourage reporting, she said: “It’s still not being reported enough and frankly the response from authorities is not always as good as it could be.”

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