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Commission on disability hate crime

The Law Commission has been asked by Government to consider whether two existing groups of offences dealing with hate crime should be extended.

At present various crimes (such as assault or criminal damage) are prosecuted as aggravated offences with higher sentences if the offender demonstrates hostility or is motivated by racial or religious hostility at the time of the offence. 

The Law Commission is to examine whether the same approach should apply if the offender shows hostility or is motivated on grounds of disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

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