For ‘whistling the Bob The Builder theme’ at a neighbor, a man was issued a racial hatred police record.
After whistling the Bob the Builder theme music at a neighbor, a man obtained a racial hatred police record.
The incident was documented by Bedfordshire police as a non-crime hate incident, which will be kept on file for six years.
The man’s criminal past could be revealed to potential employers, jeopardizing his prospects of landing a new employment.
Hate Crime Guidelines, which went into effect in 2014, require police to report any event that a member of the public feels was motivated by hatred, even if no criminal activity occurred.
In 2020, there were 10,840 non-crime hate incidents reported across the country, up from 120,000 when the new system was implemented.
Campaigners argue that this might lead to people being punished for expressing opinions that aren’t illegal.
The Bedfordshire whistling instance is unknown, but it is one of several strange hate incident claims filed by police.
A gay guy claimed a heroin dealer ripped him off due of homophobic sentiments, according to the Daily Mail.
After a youngster struck his head on the pool’s side, police in West Yorkshire recorded a non-crime hate incident against a swimming teacher.
His mother said the teacher let it happen because of his race, and police were forced to file a report.
A Portuguese national had a burger bun placed on their driveway, according to Norfolk Police, which they said was “related to their heritage.”
Freedom of information requests to 43 police forces in England and Wales revealed that not a single crime was solved as a result of a non-crime hate event complaint.
“The cops have absolutely lost the plot,” Harry Miller, an ex-police officer from campaign group Fair Cop, told the Mail on Sunday.
Rupert Matthews, the Tory Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicester and Rutland, has also expressed his worries.
“The police have enough to do as it is, and if it isn’t a crime, we can’t be pouring resources on it,” he said.
“The public has a right to wonder why police are looking into things that aren’t crimes.”
Fair Cop was created in response to the new standards, which it wants revised to ensure that “citizens’ freedom of expression is recognized.”
“Some of us have been victims of police engagement as a result of social media activity; some of us are police officers ashamed of police action,” it says on its website.
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