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    Number of Hate Crimes Soars in Pro-Leave UK Areas Following Brexit Vote

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    The number of hate crimes in the United Kingdom following the Brexit referendum particularly increased in those areas that supported the Leave campaign, The Independent news outlet reported Monday referring to police statistics.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The data, obtained under freedom of information rules, shows that Eurosceptic areas outdo the nationwide increase in the hate crimes of 57 percent, showing double and triple hikes, the media reported.

    England's eastern county of Lincolnshire, where over 70 percent of residents voted to withdraw from the European Union, saw a 191-percent growth in hate crimes, with 42 such crimes in the referendum week comparing to 22 crimes during the corresponding week in 2015.

    The increase in hate crimes in England's southeastern Kent county was 143 percent. Almost 60 percent of the county voted Leave. Central Derbyshire county recorded a 121-percent hike, while central Nottinghamshire showed an 140-percent hate crime growth in the first full week after the nationwide vote.

    On June 23, 51.9 percent of voters backed the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. Prior to the vote, the so-called Leave campaign had used the issue of immigration as one of the main arguments to persuade people to vote for leaving the bloc.

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