Hates crimes against disabled people in London have soared by 20 per cent over the past year. The capital saw 60 people convicted for crimes against disabled people in 2015, up from 55 the year before.
The Crown Prosecution Service also brought a further 41 unsuccessful cases to court, up from 34 the previous year.
Across England and Wales, the CPS completed 941 prosecutions for disability hate crime in 2015/2016, an increase of 41.3 per cent on the previous year when it completed 666 cases.
The figures were released as part of the Service’s eighth Hate Crime Report, which is published annually. The report also revealed that prosecutions for homophobic and transphobic hate crimes in the capital had surged by more than 26 per cent.
There were 187 successful prosecutions last year, up from 148 the year before.
However, the statistics also showed the numbers of successful prosecutions for racially and religiously aggrevated hate crimes had stayed around the same level.