Depressing but unsurprising figures here. More needs to be done to train the police to handle these cases sensitively too.
Recorded hate crime against disabled people has increased a staggering 41 per cent in just one year but campaigners say the figures are just the tip of the iceberg. According to data acquired by The Independent via Freedom of Information request, hate crimes recorded by police have risen to 2,765 incidents in 2014-15 compared to 1,955 incidents in 2013-14. Stephen Brookes, who coordinates the Disability Hate Crime Network, said the figures uncovered by The Independent underestimated the true scale of the problem as many cases go unreported.