Anti-Black Hate Crimes Rise By 47% In Manchester

The rise has taken place over the last five years, with almost 3,300 people victims of hate crime in that period.

By Pupils in Manchester · September 30, 2019

Hate crimes against black people in Manchester have increased by 47% over the last five years.

According to Greater Manchester police, 771 hate crimes were committed against black people in 2018/19, an increase against the 523 incidents of 2014/15.

Over the five year period, nearly 3,300 black people in the city have been a victim of a hate crime.

22% of these hate crimes involved violence against a person.

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The highest proportion of anti-black hate crime occur in North Manchester with 892 hate crimes, followed by Salford with 479 hate crimes. South Manchester saw a total of 405 hate crimes.

The lowest number of hate crimes occurred in Bury, with 112 hate crimes across the five year period.

What do Greater Manchester Police say?

Superintendent Rick Jackson, Greater Manchester Police’s tactical lead on hate crime, said:

“We remain absolutely committed to tackling this abhorrent crime in conjunction with local authorities, community groups and other partners which includes supporting those who suffer from it.

“Greater Manchester has a diverse population, with people from different faiths and backgrounds and this is something that we are proud of, it’s what makes us the city we are. We will not tolerate hatred or discrimination of any kind. People should be able to go about their daily lives free from hate and abuse. We have been working with communities to ensure people have the confidence to report incidents and will work quickly where we can to deal with offenders.

“I would continue to encourage anyone who has been a victim of hate crime to report it at the earliest opportunity so that we can maximise the opportunity to secure evidence and provide appropriate support.

“To report a hate crime call GMP on 101 or 999 in emergencies. You can report a hate crime or a hate incident online by visiting Local agencies such as the Citizens Advice Bureau and Community Voluntary Services can also report the incident on your behalf and provide you with advice and support.”

Why did students cover this story?

Pupils from Manchester said they chose to write about this topic because “we feel it is important to raise awareness about the growing number of anti-black hate crimes in Manchester.”