More disability hate crimes have been recorded in West Yorkshire than anywhere else across England and Wales for the second year running.
According to new figures obtained by the United Response charity, there was a dramatic rise of 53% in this type of crime being committed in the area between 2017-2018 and an increase of 156% from 2016-2017.
These offences include assault, harassment, stalking and malicious communications towards a victim.
Figure show fewer people are being charged or prosecuted across England and Wales despite a continued rise in reports.
The number of disability hate crimes committed by repeat offenders nationally also soared by 170% in 21 regions over the past three years. One in every 20 offences reported during this time was committed by a repeat offender.
The charity says that while widespread increases in disability hate crimes could in some cases be due to improved reporting efforts, prosecution rates need to be improved.
Police say work is ongoing to reduce the number of disability hate crimes and ensure perpetrators are dealt with accordingly.