A group of London's Metropolitan Police force in uniform. (Flickr / Ramon Rosati)

UK Hate Crimes See Rapid Rise, Hate Crime Prosecutions Sees Rapid Decline

The total numbers of reported hate crimes have soared by 20% over the past year (from 50,288 to 60,225), with 34 out of the 40 forces recording a rise in offences. But despite this increase, in most of these forces police and prosecutors took action in fewer cases last year than previously.