24 August 2011
Hate crime on the increase
A senior church in leader in Wales has voiced his dismay at the increase in hate crimes after a report was published on 23 August.
Police forces in Wales have issued figures showing that 1900 cases of hate crimes were reported in Wales during 2009. However the Safer Wales charity believes that less than one in four cases are reported to the police and that the real figure is closer to 9000.
Hate crime is any criminal offence committed against a person or property that is motivated by hostility towards someone based on their disability, race, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation.
Elfed Godding, national director of Evangelical Alliance Wales said: "I am saddened by these figures today, as they represent hundreds of individuals whose lives have been wrecked by hatred and injustice. Wales has a proud history of defending constitutional rights and personal freedom but these numbers are a real cause for concern.
"Evangelical Alliance Wales speaks on behalf of about 60,000 Christians in Wales and there are many churches who are working alongside some of the most marginalizes groups in our society, offering practical help in the name of Christ.
"Where there is hatred there is also fear and I urge all Christians in Wales to counter this culture of hate by loving their neighbours, whoever they may be."
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