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THE amount of hate crime being reported to police as increased by a third in a year.

The number of recorded offences across Sussex rose from 1,009 in 2013/14 to 1,352 in 2014/15 – 34 per cent.

Chief Superintendent Wayne Jones said: ‘We know hate crimes and incidents in Sussex have been under reported – our goal remains to build confidence in victims to come forward and speak to us, which is why I welcome these increases.

‘These also follow a large increase last year – 28 per cent. We have worked very hard, both internally and externally to raise awareness of what constitutes hate crime and how people can report it to us.’