Increase in reported cases across Wales

Increase in reported cases across Wales

 

 

One man who's been a victim of hate crime, said he avoids going out alone, as the number of reported hate crimes in Wales hit a record high.
 
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Gwion Williams, 19, from Cardiff, is transgender and has experienced hate crimes since he was at school.
 
During 2021/22, Welsh police forces recorded 6,295 hate crimes, an increase of more than 35% on the previous year.
 
The increase has been partly put down to improved crime recording, and more incidents after Covid lockdowns.
 
Hate crime increased by 26% across the whole of England and Wales, the Home Office statistics showed.
 
A hate crime is an offence targeting a victim's race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability and sometimes a person can be targeted for more than one thing at the same time.
 
Mr Williams, originally from Bridgend, said the abuse he suffered was "awful" and "not taken seriously".
 
He said: "I felt it set the stage for other things that have happened since, when I now visit my home town of Bridgend, I still get called those names."
 
He said it had a huge impact on him and he struggled to make friends, and be himself around friends.
 
He also said he struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts.
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