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Race hate crimes 'spiked' on trains after EU referendum

Hate crimes on British railways spiked after the EU referendum Credit: PA

Numbers of race hate crimes on Britain's railways spiked dramatically following the EU referendum, figures show.

British Transport Police recorded 119 incidents including allegations of racist abuse and attacks at stations in the fortnight after the Brexit vote - equivalent to eight every day.

The number of alleged incidents logged by the force between 24 June and 7 July amounted to a 57% increase compared with the previous two weeks.

Compared to the same period the previous year, the rise was 78%.

One campaign group, Railfuture, described the figures as "very worrying".

"Every passenger should be able to enter a station and board a train without fear of abuse or worse", Railfuture's Bruce Williamson said.

"These latest figures are very worrying, and they highlight the continuing need for staff presence at stations and on board trains."

Superintendent Chris Horton, of BTP, described hate crime as "totally unacceptable".

We are aware that hate crime is under-reported and so in order to tackle it effectively, we need the public to stand up to those committing these sickening acts and report it to us.

We will take every report seriously.

We will always work tirelessly to ensure those who threaten or intimidate passengers are brought to justice.

– Superintendent Chris Horton

Last month it was revealed that more than 6,000 alleged hate crimes and incidents were reported to police in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in the four weeks from the middle of June.

This represented a one-third increase on the equivalent period last year.