Police to record hate crimes motivated by misogyny

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Police are to record hate crimes which have been motivated by misogyny after ministers announced a concession to campaigners on women’s safety.

Forces will be asked to identify where a victim believes the crime has been prompted by “hostility based on their sex”.

Among the crimes included will be stalking and sexual offences.

The move was announced just hours after prime minister Boris Johnson called for a change in cultural attitudes towards women’s safety.

A policeman has been charged with the murder of missing Sarah Everard.

Home Office minister Baroness Williams of Trafford said that the change would be made initially on an “experimental” basis.

Data collection was crucial to understanding hate crime and the ways to tackle it, she said.

A long-term decision will be made after ministers have seen a review into hate crime by the Law Commission.

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