Town has second highest hate crime

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Crawley has reported more hate crime than any local authority in Sussex except Brighton & Hove.

Sussex Police Hate Crime Sergeant Peter Allan revealed the figures ahead of the start of National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2015 (October 10 to 17).

Crawley reported 114 hate incidents from April 1 to September 28. Brighton & Hove reported 387 and Adur & Worthing 112. Horsham had 49 and Mid Sussex 61. Eighty four of Crawley’s hate incidents fell under race; 18 religion; 11 sexual orientation; 11 disability; two transgender.

Sergeant Allan estimated more than 15 per cent of hate crime was being reported. The reports, which had been rising year on year, helped officers gather intelligence.

Police faced challenges dealing with online abuse because of international privacy laws. He urged people to report cases which involved targeting, a degree of harm, threats of violence or changed a victim’s behaviour. He praised social media platforms for the actions they take to stop online abuse. He said: “Facebook and Twitter, I think it is fair to say, they recognise the part that they play as companies in making their online spaces a safe place for their customers and users.”

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