By John Pring in Disability News Service.
The Crown Prosecution Service has joined a leading disabled campaigner in raising concerns about a huge fall in the number of disability hate crime cases passed by police forces to prosecutors.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) annual hate crime report for 2018-19 revealed this week that the number of “finalised referrals” it had received from police forces in England and Wales fell by more than 30 per cent (from 754 to 516) compared to 2017-18.
This followed a similar fall in last year’s report, which saw the number plunge by nearly 25 per cent (988 to 754).
This means that the number of disability hate crime cases passed to prosecutors by police forces has almost halved (48 per cent) in just two years.
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