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Race and Religious Hate Offences Recorded by Police Hit New High in 2021

Racially and religiously aggravated offences recorded by police in England and Wales hit a fresh high in 2021, with reaction to England's defeat at the Euro football championships likely to have contributed to the increase, new analysis shows.

The easing of Covid-19 restrictions is another factor named by forces as having led to the rise in offences, along with improved recording of hate crimes.