The Director of Public Prosecution, Keir Starmer QC, has called for more to be done about the number of hate crimes against those with disabilities.
Mr Starmer told ITV News that the "mismatch" between the amount of abuse being reported in surveys and what the CPS can prosecute needed to be addressed.
Mr Starmer said; "Like everybody else I thought the Paralympics were fantastic, the sheer number of people that watched and appreciated what was going on was quite incredible.
"I hope that has enhanced our understanding of people with disabilities, my fear is that the surveys continue to show a high level of abuse. It is the surveys of ordinary people, day in day out, that are really important to this debate."
More top news
A retired businessman from Newport has built up Britain's biggest mini-bar - even though he doesn't touch a drop
Six adult cats have been rescued from inside an abandoned wheelie bin in a remote part of Cambridgeshire.
After the payday lender admits it failed to properly check potential borrowers, it now faces a challenge to regain customers' trust.