Record levels of hate crime were recorded after the EU referendum by three-quarters of police forces in England and Wales, new research by the Press Association has found.
In the three months ending September 2016, 33 out of 44 forces recorded the highest quarterly number of hate crimes since comparable records began.
Commenting, Mary Creagh MP, supporter of Open Britain, said:
“These shocking statistics throw a worrying light on the anti-immigrant sentiment unleashed during the referendum campaign.
“The Government must take action to tackle the scourge of hate crime in our country. And they must approach Brexit in a more conciliatory and constructive manner to bring our country together, rather than divide it further.
“The best place to start would be to end the unease felt by EU nationals about their future by guaranteeing their right to remain in the UK.”