Police should delete any data held on on autistic 14-year-old boy who “faces death threats” after a Quran was dropped “accidentally”, say campaigners who slam officers for recording it as “hate incident”

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This decision was criticised today by the Free Speech Union, which warned that if the boys’ names were recorded in the incident reports they could show up years later on enhanced criminal records checks.
Toby Young, its general secretary, noted that new rules from the College of Policing require there to be a motivation of prejudice or hate before police record an event as a “non-crime hate incident”.

Rory Tingle, Elizabeth Haigh and Chris Brooke, Daily Mail, 2nd March 2023.