Race crimes on the rise
RACIALLY-motivated crimes are not as bad as the bare facts suggests according to a former Ipswich mayor.Albert Grant, today said he feels optimistic about racial relationships in Suffolk despite the county seeing the number of crimes almost doubling.
RACIALLY-motivated crimes are not as bad as the bare facts suggests according to a former Ipswich mayor.
Albert Grant, today said he feels optimistic about racial relationships in Suffolk despite the county seeing the number of crimes almost doubling.
He said: "I realise racially motivated crimes have increased in Suffolk. Obviously I am a little concerned but not to the extent that I believe the problem is out of control.
"We must keep an eye on it and be aware of the trend. We have a very good relationship and work very hard with the police and other organisations."
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The number of defendants dealt with by the Suffolk Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for racist crimes has risen by 95 per cent in 2001/02.
The figures were revealed in the CPS Racist Incident Monitoring Scheme Annual Report 2001/02, which was published yesterday. It includes data on all racist incidents sent by the police to the CPS for prosecution.
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The national average for racially-motivated crimes rose by 20% last year, following a 28.5% increase in the previous year.
Suffolk CPS brought cases against 43 defendants in 2001/02, from which 68% of the charges resulted in guilty pleas and 7% in convictions after trial. The national rate was 83%, the same as in 2000/01.