According to police, the number of recorded hate crimes in England and Wales has reached a record high this year.
The figures show 155,841 violations were recorded in the year to March, up 26% year-on-year, marking the biggest annual increase since 2017.
According to Interior Department data, forces recorded 109,843 racial hate crimes, 8,730 religious hate crimes, 26,152 sexual orientation hate crimes, 14,242 disability hate crimes and 4,355 transgender hate crime.
Some crimes are recorded as having more than one motivating factor.
Transgender hate crimes, although the least in number, saw the biggest increase in percentage, up 56%.
The majority of hate crimes are recorded by police still racially motivated and increased by 19%, bringing the overall figure to more than 100,000 people in a year for the first time.
Religious hate crimes rose 37%, reaching the highest level since the record began in 2012.
Sexual orientation hate crimes increased by 41% and hate crimes against persons with disabilities increased by 43%.
The Home Office said transgender issues have been “discussed a lot on social media” over the past year, which may have contributed to an increase in related hate crimes.
Nancy Kelley, chief executive of Stonewall, described the figures as “deeply disturbing” and said they showed an “alarming increase” in LGBT + who are targeted for who they are.
“These numbers are yet another reminder that the frequent outcry of anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment in the media and politics has a human cost,” she said.
Its report, released on Thursday, said: “It is uncertain whether the extent of the increase in hate crime recorded by police is a real increase or is due to continued improvements in the record and more victims. have the confidence to report these crimes to the police.”
It also added that last year’s figures were low, thanks in part to the “suppressive effect” of public health restrictions imposed during the pandemic, which has reduced crime figures across the country. face.
Factors that provoked a short-term increase in hate crimes in recent years include the EU referendum in June 2016, terrorist attacks in 2017 and Black lives are worth it too protests in 2020.