Court of Appeal rules police ‘hate incidents’ guidance unlawful

Police guidance on the recording of ‘hate incidents’ unlawfully interferes with the right to freedom of expression, the Court of Appeal ruled today.

The College of Policing’s guidance requiring forces to record incidents perceived to be ‘motivated by a hostility or prejudice against a person’ as ‘non-crime hate incidents’ – irrespective of any evidence of ‘hate’ – encourages conduct which violates Article 10 of the ECHR, the court held in Miller v The College of Policing.

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