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Police "too sensitive" when dealing with disability

Police officers are too embarrassed to ask victims of crime if they are disabled, according to report Credit: PA

Tragedies like that of Fiona Pilkington from Barwell in Leicestershire, who killed herself and her disabled daughter after suffering abuse, may be repeated because police are too embarrassed to ask victims of crime if they are disabled.

A report out today reviews how police officers deal with hate crime.

People with disabilities said that the police service had become "too sensitive about causing offence".

In addition, confusion over how to define disability hate crime means it is not as easily identified as racist or religiously-motivated attacks.

Ms Pilkington killed herself and her disabled daughter Francecca Hardwick in 2007 following 10 years of sustained abuse.

Leicester MP suggests measures to help those suffering anti-social behaviour

A Leicester MP is campaigning for more help for people who repeatedly complain about anti-social behaviour.

Leicester East MP Keith Vaz, is recommending a maximum of five complaints before action is taken.

He says the case of Fiona Pilkington from Leicestershire – who took her own life and that of her disabled daughter after years of abuse – should act as a lesson for the future.

Fiona Pilkington had complained to police 33 times.