Recorded hate crime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland fell by seven per cent last year – but crimes based on sexual orientation, transgender status and disability rose.
According to figures released by the Association of Chief Police Officers, recorded crimes based on faith and race decreased between 2009 and 2010.
There were 51,920 recorded crimes based on race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender status and disability in 2009. Last year, this figure fell to 48,127.
Overall, police forces saw a slight rise in anti-gay crimes, from 4,805 offences to 4,883.
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