Significant spike in hate crimes since the EU vote
In the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the EU, a number of racist hate crimes have taken place in the UK.
Tell Mama, a charity that supports victims of Islamophobia in the UK, says 30 cases of anti-Muslim acts have been reported to them since the results of the referendum.
Days after Britain voted in favour of Brexit, a halal butchers was petrol bombed and destroyed.
Kashmir Meat & Poultry in Pleck, Walsall was targeted by a six foot tall white man wearing a blue jacket, police have reported.
He walked into the halal butchers and threw a lit bottle at 5.25pm on Monday 27th June.
A shop worker managed to escape with minor bruising, whilst the store was almost obliterated with its windows blown out.
West Midlands Police say they are keeping an open mind over the motive.
A spokesperson for the force said the incident is being investigated by officers, who are currently making inquiries and examining CCTV footage.
Police were unable to say at this stage whether the incident is being treated as race-related.
Detectives were examining CCTV from the area this past week in the hunt for the suspect and will also be in the community to carry out patrols to reassure people.
Crime site True Vision, which is run by the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said they have received 85 hate crime reports last week.
That figure contrasts with 54 reports for the corresponding four days four weeks ago.