Surge in post-Brexit vote hate crimes has 'fallen off'

Amber Rudd said a surge in hate crimes in July appeared to be a brief spike Credit: PA

A surge in racist hate crimes immediately after the EU referendum has "fallen off" in the following months, the Home Secretary has said.

Amber Rudd told MPs that a 41% rise in reported religious and racist abuse in July appeared to have been a brief spike.

In response to questions from Labour's Maria Eagle, she said: "I can give some reassurance to her that that unpleasant, unwelcome spike ... of hate crime has now fallen off."

Figures previously released by the Home Office show the number of hate crimes fell from July to August, but remained higher than before the referendum.