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Racist crimes rise by 40 per cent in West Berkshire

New police figures reveal shocking stats

Dan Cooper

Chris Ord


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THE number of race-related crimes in West Berkshire has risen by 40 per cent in the last year, according to worrying new police statistics.

Figures released by Thames Valley Police show there were 74 racist incidents where a crime was recorded in 2016/17, compared to 53 in 2015/16.

The figures also show the number of “racially or religiously aggravated crimes” rose by 33 per cent.

The previous year had seen a decrease in such incidents.

The jump is significantly higher than that seen across the rest of the Thames Valley, with the force area as a whole seeing an increase of 11.2 per cent in racist incidents.

The annual crime figures, released yesterday (Wednesday) show the number of crimes reported between April 2016 and March 2017.

Crime overall is on the increase in West Berkshire, with a rise of 7.8 per cent in 2016/17, following a drop in reported offences in 2015/16.

The district has also seen a significant rise (24.6 per cent) in reported rapes, for the third time in three years.

The number of sexual offences overall has risen by 21.2 per cent in the last year.

The Thames Valley as a whole saw an increase of 4.2 per cent.

Superintendent Jim Weems, Local Policing Area Commander for West Berkshire, said while overall reports of crime had risen, figures remained low per head of population.

He said: “Campaigns such as #Protectyourworld in the autumn and our February rural crime campaign are good examples of how we have raised awareness and confidence in our communities in reporting incidents to us.  

“This raised awareness and confidence is reflected in the increases we have seen in reports of crime types such as sexual offences.

“Despite this increase, we know that this remains an under-reported crime and we are committed to encouraging people to come forward and report these incidents to us.”

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  • thepublandlord

    05/05/2017 - 09:09

    Hmm......a bit more education could see an improvement in your use of English . A classic example of a" tolerant" individual who is anything but tolerant of the opinion of others .


  • 1970sRockGod

    05/05/2017 - 08:08

    I've only ever been racist once and that was to my mum!


  • LadyGG797

    04/05/2017 - 14:02

    stupid people that have fear of unknown ...... fear = racist stupid people ,... try to get to know other people and educated yourself ....stop being fearful and ignorant dumass that goes to everyone whole world ,...


  • EugeneStryker

    04/05/2017 - 11:11

    . . . and yet it is likely that the people of Newbury will re-elect a man belonging to a party that has cut 20,000 Police Officers since they came to power in 2010. Despite George Osbourne promising no cuts to Police budgets, if the Conservatives win the election reports predict a further 30,000 Police Officers will be cut taking numbers well below to those in the 1970s.


    • NewburyLad

      04/05/2017 - 19:07

      I am sure the people of Newbury are intelligent enough to weigh up and balance ALL the issues surrounding this country and not just react to leftist gossip and a number just picked from thin air with no basis whatsoever.


      • EugeneStryker

        04/05/2017 - 21:09

        Hi NewburyLad, pegs the drop in Police Officers since 2010 to be 19,000 so I allowed myself 1,000 for dramatic effect. Government departments have been asked to prepare for budget cuts of between 25 - 45%, which is where the further 30,000 estimate is derived. On your scales, what balances that out?