Hate crime set to be at “record levels” in Thurrock this year.

WITH an average of five hate crimes in Thurrock recorded each week, 2016 looks set to be a “record year” for the borough.Figures released by Essex Police show that between Jan 1st and August 31st, 171 hate crimes had been reported.This compares to the whole of 2015, when 210 had been recorded. And 2015 was a record year in itself.The figures for the last six years are as follows2010:1502011: 1602012: 2072013: 1982014: 1942015: 210Only Southend has a higher number for 2016 with 183 hate crimes recorded.Responding to the figures, the chief constable of Essex Police, Steven Kavanagh said: “Hate crime can take many forms from verbal abuse to bullying online to physical assault or damage to property.”Being the victim of a crime just because of who you are, what you look like or who you love is sickening and we must work together to stop it.”If you or someone you know is the victim of such a crime, I need you to report it to us to give us a chance to investigate and prosecute offenders and to keep you and the different communities that make up our county safe”.

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