Request for data on reported racist hatecrimes

Reference: 21002

Date Added: Friday, April 16, 2021

Category: Miscellaneous

Disclosure Details

Thank you for your recent request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Two duties are placed on public authorities under Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). Notwithstanding applicable exemptions, the first duty at, Section 1(1) (a), is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a request is held. The second duty at, Section1 (1) (b), is to disclose information that has been confirmed as being held. Under the provisions of those sections of the FOIA, we can confirm that the information you seek is not held by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent. Please find response below.

We seek the following information on racist hate crimes towards the following ethnic groups:

- Chinese

- East Asian

- South East Asian

- Asian

- "Oriental"

- Or any that had such appearance (set out above)

(The “Relevant Groups”)

And would like data for the following years, broken down by each month:

- 2019

- 2020

- 2021 (up until the FOI response date or whatever are the most recent statistics).

Request 1: Provide the number of racist hate crimes reported where the victim(s) comprise of the Relevant Groups, broken down by each group where possible.

Request 2: Please if you have such data, could you also provide us with any additional breakdown of where coronavirus was mentioned or where it was the motivator of the racist hate crime.

Please provide the data for my request in an Excel spreadsheet format with suggested row headings by year and month, with column headings:

- Number of incidents

- Ethnicity/ethnic appearance

- Was coronavirus mentioned as part of the crime - Y/N?


No information held


The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent (OPCC) and Gwent Police are two separate organisations.   Therefore, the OPCC are not responsible for and do not hold operational policing information such as the information requested this is the responsibility of the Chief Constable of Gwent Police.  You may wish to contact Gwent Police directly to determine if they have the information requested via the following link   Request information about the police | Gwent Police or visit their website.


The Freedom of Information Act is a public disclosure regime, not a private regime. Any information disclosed under the Act is thereafter deemed to be in the public domain, and therefore freely available to the general public and will be published on the OPCC website.