'Brexit unleashed something': Over 6,000 hate crimes reported in Britain since referendum

London: More than 6,000 hate crimes have been reported to police in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in the wake of the referendum paving a way for the UK to exit the European Union, official figures have revealed.

The Brexit referendum took place on 22 June. Representational image. Reuters

The Brexit referendum took place on 23 June. Representational image. Reuters

There was a slight fall in reports in the first half of July compared with an initial spike in the days before and after the June 23 vote, the BBC reported, citing the National Police Chief's council as saying on Friday.

But the overall level was up 20 per cent on the same period in July 2015. Police chiefs said the figures were "still far too high".

There were 3,192 alleged hate crimes reported between 16 to 30 June this year and a further 3,001 reports between 1 and 14 July, equivalent to more than 200 every day, BBC reported, citing the figures.

It was previously revealed that the daily rate peaked at 289 reports on 25 June, the day after the result of the referendum was announced.

Scotland Yard deputy commissioner Craig Mackey said the Brexit vote appeared to have "unleashed something in people".

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Updated Date: Jul 23, 2016 14:41:55 IST

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