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363. An article about the fake hate crime epidemic in the UK, blamed on Brexit 2016-08-27 Harlow UK
Is Surging Hate Crime in the UK Overcooked?
Ben Cobley, author of "The Tribe: the Liberal-Left and the System of Diversity", shows how the England & Wales police define a hate crime - "For recording purposes, the perception of the victim, or any other person, is the defining factor in determining whether an incident is a hate incident, or in recognising the hostility element of a hate crime. The victim does not have to justify or provide evidence of their belief, and police officers or staff should not directly challenge this perception. Evidence of the hostility is not required for an incident or crime to be recorded as a hate crime or hate incident."