The number of hate crimes reported to Cheshire Police in the week following the EU referendum was up a fifth on the previous week.
There were 29 hate crimes reported to the police force in the week of June 24 to June 30, up 21% from 24 in the seven days before.
The number was also higher than the 21 crimes reported in the same week in 2015.
The most common type of hate complained of was racial, with 27 incidents, up from 13 the week before. The most common type of crime reported was racially or religiously aggravated intentional harassment causing alarm or distress, with 15 incidents.
The figures obtained following a Freedom of Information request are provisional as numbers may change if more victims come forward or following investigations of incidents.
Statistics gathered by National Police Chiefs’ Council show 3,192 hate crimes were reported to police forces across England, Wales and Northern Ireland between June 16 and June 30.
The latest returns from July 1 to July 14 show 3,001 hate crimes and incidents. This is a decrease of 191 offences (6 per cent) on the previous fortnight but it is a 20 per cent increase on the equivalent period in 2015.
The main type of offence seen during this period is violence against the person, which is primarily harassment, common assault and other violence (verbal abuse, spitting and ‘barging’). The second and third most prevalent incidents were public order offences, followed by criminal damage.
National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Hate Crime, Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said: “Following increases in hate crime seen after the EU referendum, police forces have been taking a robust approach to these crimes and we are pleased to see the numbers of incidents have begun to fall.
“Clearly any hate crime is unacceptable and these numbers are still far too high. We remain committed to helping people feel safe and secure about being themselves as they go about their lives so police officers will continue to be out around the country engaging with communities and picking up and dealing with tensions and problems.”
Victims and those feeling vulnerable should report any incident of hate crime to the police on 101 or using the True Vision website (www.report-it.org.uk) . People can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or in an emergency, dial 999.