Preston Council wants hate crime to include alternative sub-cultures such as Goths, as we see a rise in reported hate crimes.
According to the LEP a year-long study has shown that hate crime in Preston has increased rapidly in the last two years.
In that time period reported hate crime has risen by 250% in Preston, while across the Lancashire reports have risen from 936 cases to more than two thousand.
Several ideas have been put forward to try and tackle a rise in this type of crime, including employing a ‘hate crime champion’ that will promote anti-hate crime.
Currently, attacks on sub-alternative cultures like Goths are not recorded in the same category as a hate crime.
Sophie Lancaster died at 20-years-old in Preston just over a decade ago, in an attack that was motivated by her and her boyfriend dressing as Goths.
Five teenage boys attacked Sophie and boyfriend Robert Maltby, leaving her in a coma that she was unable to wake from.
Police and Sophie’s family have contributed to the study over the last 12 months and have encouraged Preston Council to take a proactive stance on this issue.
Whether or not sub-cultures will be included within the hate crime category remains to be seen.