Attacks on Brit ethnic minorities soaring, says Justice Ministry

November 14th, 2007 - 8:06 am ICT by admin  
The Ministry of Justice will this week disclose that 41,000 such offences were committed in 2005-06, a rise of 12 per cent on the previous year, reports The Independent.

The statistics confirm anecdotal evidence from immigrant groups that ethnic minorities have been increasingly targeted in recent years, with the Muslim community under particular pressure since 9/11.

The figures will show that black people are seven times more likely to be stopped and searched than white people and are much more likely to be caught up in the criminal justice system.

There are also stark differences in the ethnic backgrounds of crime victims, with the figures set to disclose that 10 per cent of murder victims are black, well above the proportion of black people in the population (2 per cent). Some seven per cent of victims are Asian and four per cent from other ethnic minorities.

Richard Garside, director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, in London, said: “The increase could be tied in with the rise of far-right groups and some of the rhetoric around the war on terror. The police may also, in their attempts to reach out to ethnic minority groups, be recording more incidents.”

Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, said: “These statistics show the fear of crime remains even though black people are already seven times more likely to be stopped and searched. Over the past 10 years there has been a significant change of attitude in the criminal justice system. This in part may account for the increasing reports of violence.”

Home Office figures earlier this year showed Asians were twice as likely to be killed in stabbing or “bottling” incidents than a decade ago.

Attacks were carried out on Muslims and mosques in London, Glasgow, Manchester and Bradford shortly after the bungled terror attacks in London’s West End on 29 June and at Glasgow airport the next day.

An Indian sailor collapsed and died after being set upon by a gang of young people in Fawley, Hampshire, on 20 October. Ten teenagers were arrested following the assault.

Last week a teenager suffered a serious head injury in a racially motivated assault in Warrington. (ANI)

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