Boston Labour councillors are disappointed to read that within the latest reporting of disability hate crime, Lincolnshire has become one of the two lowest authorities in the country, with 23 reported incidents of disability hate crime in 2011, but no recorded convictions, on a par with Warwickshire.
There were 1,942 recorded incidents of disability hate crime in England and Wales in 2011, an increase of more than 25 per cent on the total for 2010 and the highest since this data was first recorded in April 2010.
Lincolnshire reported nine incidents in 2010. Data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act shows the number of recorded incidents grew by 60 per cent between 2009 and 2011.
While almost 2,000 reports were made to the police last year, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) made just 523 convictions for disability hate crime over the same period, but none in Lincolnshire.
Boston Labour councillors are strongly urging people of Boston to report any such hate crimes to Boston Borough Council and Lincolnshire Police.
We know from speaking to disabled people that disability hate crime is a real issue in our community, but, unfortunately, people who are the victims often feel that these incidents are not taken seriously by the appropriate authorities.
We will continue to lobby the police and Boston Borough Council to be more pro-active and take action against the perpetrators of these dreadful crimes.
You can now contact StopHateCrime 24 hours a day on 0800 138 1625.
So don’t be a silent victim – report it today.
Boston Labour Councillors