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New centres and £4 million to help rape victims

| Category: Gender, General

Victims of rape and sexual assault will have improved access to expert advice, support and counselling following the go-ahead for four new rape support centres. This takes the total number of centres to 78 across England and Wales. The new centres will open in areas where victims suffer without access to specialist support, and will be based in Reading, Avon and Somerset, Lincolnshire and Central Lancashire. They build on the nine new rape support centres established since 2010.

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‘Hate crime’ in Lincolnshire has risen by 22 per cent in last five years. (Lincs Echo 23.1.12)

| Category: Gender, General

The number of racially or religiously aggravated offences reported to Lincolnshire Police has increased by 22 per cent in the last five years. There were 175 offences reported in the 2010 to 2011 financial year, compared with 143 in 2006 to 2007, according to Ministry of Justice figures. The number of racist incidents – not necessarily crimes – also increased by 12 per cent, from 247 to 277. Despite this, Lincolnshire Police says the county has one of the lowest levels of hate crime in England and Wales. Assistant chief constable Keith Smy said officer training and public confidence in the police could explain the increase. "A higher number of recorded crimes could be down to increased reporting, better recognition of hate crime and more accurate recording rather than an actual increase in occurrences," he said. Follow 'Read More' below for further comments

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