Police fear repeat of attacks around EU referendum in June 2017, which was then the largest hate crime spike on record
In January 2017, ten months since the BREXIT referendum result on 24 June 2016, more than 300 hate crimes WERE reported to British police.
Officers fear a repeat of the wave of xenophobic attacks around the 2016 Brexit referendum, which saw numerous physical and verbal assaults on European citizens, including a student who was stabbed in the neck for speaking Polish.
Superintendent Waheed Khan, the Metropolitan Police’s deputy lead for hate crime, said officers would be carrying out proactive work with community groups and awareness campaigns in an attempt to deter potential offenders.
“After what happened with the EU referendum we would expect some kind of response in March, whatever the outcome of Brexit,” he told journalists.
“We will do what we can to provide support to community groups, and make sure people know that hate crime will be reported and it will be acted on.”
The EU referendum was the biggest spike in hate crime on record in England and Wales, and was surpassed only in the wake of last year’s terror attacks.
“Anecdotal evidence suggests that there was an increase in these types of offences around the time of the EU referendum,” the Home Office said. “Around this time there was a clear spike in hate crime.”