Revealed: hate crimes against gay Britons rise by 23 per cent
PUBLISHED November 9, 2004
Homophobic crimes have risen across the UK by 23 per cent, according to an Independent on Sunday survey of Britain's police forces. The majority of the country's forces reported a significant rise in the number of incidents last year, with increases ranging from 12.5 per cent in London to a threefold rise in Derbyshire and Gwent.
Gay rights campaigners said the figures were deeply disturbing and called on the Government to introduce a law making incitement to homophobic hatred a crime - something the Home Secretary has so far refused to do.