THE number of hate crimes committed in the area has increased.
Data from a government report shows there were 1,203 hate crimes reported to police in 2012-13, compared to 1,132 in 2011-12.
The report, An Overview of Hate Crime in England and Wales, suggests that the number of hate crimes committed each year across the county is higher than the number reported.
Inspector Sarah Clapham from Hampshire police’s public protection department said: ‘My message to anyone who has been assaulted, threatened, or intimidated because of who they are is to report it to the police.
‘We are here to help and there is always something we can do. We take all hate incidents and hate crimes very seriously. We will always investigate and help victims get the support they need.’