Homophobic violence falling in Hull

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Published: Wednesday 26th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Hull and East Yorkshire are bucking a trend that has seen the number of violent homophobic crimes rise in some areas, new figures show.

The first 10 months of this year saw Humberside Police recording 37 incidents of anti-gay violence in Hull and East Yorkshire, compared to 42 last year and 57 in 2012.

But the same three-year period has seen homophobic violence rise in South Yorkshire, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal.

Police there recorded 57 incidents during the first 10 months of this year compared to 55 in 2013 and 45 in 2012.

Stonewall, the gay rights charity, has called on the police and other authorities to continue taking homophobic hate crime seriously, adding that it is still a real issue around Britain.

GALOP, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender anti-violence charity, says although most hate crime is still going unreported, increasing numbers of victims now feel able to tell the police.

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Published: Wednesday 26th November 2014 by The News Editor

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