MORE than 140 hate crimes were reported to police in Barnsley in the latest three-month period – a significant number of which occurred in schools.

From November to January, 145 hate crime were recorded in the town – a figure that has remained ‘relatively stable’ with previous quarters.

Around 60 per cent of the hate offences recorded in that period had an aggravating factor of race.

Nineteen per cent had sexual orientation as the factor, 13 per cent disability, four per cent transgender and three per cent religion.

The positive action outcome rate has increased one per cent to 17.3 per cent.

The report added: “All hate crimes are now managed by Neighbourhood Policing Teams, allowing for a greater level of victim safeguarding and reassurance.

“There are a significant number of hate crimes and incidents recorded in schools.”