Priti Patel must tread carefully when lecturing police on hate crime

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Following a concerted campaign from, among others, Fair Cop and the Free Speech Union, Priti Patel on Saturday let it be known that in her view this would not do. She would be pressing the College to revise its guidance and drop the official recording of any incident that did not in fact amount to an offence. She clearly meant business: as a Home Office source put it, presumably with her blessing, “if people are found to have done nothing wrong, the police shouldn’t punish them.”

Andrew Tettenborn, The Spectator, 26th April 2021.