iStreetWatch site re-launches amid nationwide surge in hate crime
The re-launch comes as new figures compiled by the Press Association news agency show that police forces in England and Wales have reported record levels of hate crime since last June’s EU referendum.
They show that in the three months ending September 2016:
- 33 out of 44 forces recorded the highest quarterly number of hate crimes since comparable records began in April 2012
- Three forces each recorded more than 1,000 hate crimes: the Metropolitan Police (3,356), Greater Manchester (1,033) and West Yorkshire (1,013)
- Only four forces reported a decrease on the previous three months
iStreetWatch is an online mapping and reporting tool now managed by MRN. Anyone that has been a victim or witness of a racist or xenophobic attack can submit reports of their experience, in confidence, using a simple form. The incidents are plotted on a map to create a real-time visual record of racist and xenophobic incidents in the UK.
Fizza Qureshi, MRN’s Director, says:
“The experience of thousands of people in the UK of discrimination, hostility and at times violence is invisible to many people in Britain – but today’s figures lay it bare for all to see.
"With the absence of a national hate crime strategy, it is unlikely the issue of hate crime will be taken seriously enough. We hope iStreetWatch will draw attention to the growing issue of xenophobia and racism in British society.”