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The government noted that it's possible for a hate crime to have more than one motivating factor and a single hate crime could be filed under multiple categories.

More than three-quarters of hate crimes were racially motivated, the report said, with hate crimes motivated by the victim's sexual orientation making up 12 percent, religious hate crimes 9 percent, disability hate crimes 8 percent and transgender hate crimes 2 percent.

Upon the release of latest hate crime statistics in England and Wales, both the ruling Conservative party in Britain and its opposition - although differently - reacted to the reported surge in criminal activity.

The independent body, which investigates if laws need updating, began its review of hate crimes following a campaign by the Labour MP Stella Creasy to have offensive comments about women be recognised as hate crimes.

There are a number of ways to report hate crime.

The goal of omitting hate crimes from Scotland is all well and good, particularly when police in Scotland say they saw over 110 hate crime incidents each week (according to the One Scotland website) previous year alone.

AnalysisBy Dominic Casciani, BBC home affairs correspondentToday's figures are the first official national count of the perceived religious target of a hate crime since ministers ordered all police forces to keep a tally.

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They are working to increase understanding about what a hate crime is, how to report it and to remind people what they can do if they see hate crime happening in their community.

The total number of hate incidents reached a record 94,098, from April 2017 to March this year - a rise of 17%.

According to the police figures, the number of hate crimes has more than doubled since 2012/13, when 42,255 were recorded.

The review will help determine if crimes motivated by ageism, bias against punk and goth subcultures, misogyny and misandry (prejudice against men) should be classified as hate crimes. I'm also proud to say that Leeds is a City of Sanctuary and we are committed to making our city a haven for anyone who needs its protection.

"Hate crime goes directly against the long-standing British values of unity, tolerance and mutual respect - and I am committed to stamping this sickening behaviour out", United Kingdom home secretary Sajid Javid said at the launch of the action plan.

Taxi drivers and door staff will be given guidance on spotting hate crime under a new Government clampdown. Based on data voluntarily submitted by about 15,000 law enforcement agencies in the USA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation documented 6,121 hate crime incidents in 2016, up 5 percent from the previous year.

"Our refreshed action plan sets out how we will tackle the root causes of prejudice and racism, support hate crime victims and ensure offenders face the full force of the law", he added.

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