Racist crimes increase in the Dungannon district


The number of racist crimes in Dungannon and South Tyrone has risen by around 50% in the last 12 months.

In 2012/2013 there were 16 racist crimes recorded, however in 2013/2014 the number of crimes recorded rose to 24, according to latest figures released by the PSNI.

The number of racist incidents in the district has also increased by 1, from 23 to 24 incidents recorded by police.

By comparison, racist crimes in Cookstown have only risen by 1 single incident in 12 months.

Racist motivated incidents increased across most policing districts in Northern Ireland, when comparing 2013-2014 with 2012-2013 with the exceptions of C District which includes Antrim, Carrickfergus and Lisburn where 20 fewer incidents were recorded.

The document also detailed the number of homophobic motivated incidents across Northern Ireland.

In Dungannon and South Tyrone, there was no change in the number of homophobic incidents with 2 recorded in each year, however the number of homophobic crimes fell by 1 with 1 recorded homophobic crime in the area in 2013-2014.

By comparison in the Cookstown area, homophobic crimes increased by 1 with 2 crimes recorded in 2013/2014.

The report also details the number of transphobic crimes in the country. Of the twenty three transphobic motivated incidents in Northern Ireland in 2013-2014 three of them were recorded for the Dungannon and South Tyrone area.

Commenting on the overall statistics Chief Constable Matt Baggott said: “While we have seen a slight increase in recorded crime for 2013/14 it is worth noting that this follows four years of decreasing crime levels. Despite the fact that this has been a challenging time for police I am extremely proud of the continuing commitment shown by officers and staff to make Northern Ireland safer for everyone.”