Words: Steve Brown
Hate crimes against the LGBT community in Dorset are increasing year on year.
Figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request by the Dorset Echo reveal the number of reported hate crimes against the LGBT+ community have almost quadrupled since 2012.
In 2012, around 21 reports of hate crime were reported to Dorset Police but since then the figure has risen to 27 in 2013, 41 in 2014 and 47 in 2015.
The number then rose to 70 in 2016 and last year, the amount of hate crimes reported were 82 – nearly four times the number in 2012.
The results also found that the first four months of 2018, there had been 26 reported hate crimes towards the LGBT+ community.
More worryingly, out of the 288 hate crimes reported over the six-year period, just seven per cent resulted in someone being charged with an offence.