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Immigrants subjected to violence, racism can keep tabs on police investigations

Victims of hate crime, racial abuse and others can now find solace in the fact that justice is being done to them by keeping a track of police investigations.

From May 2012, they  will be able to use www.police.uk  to see what happens after a crime has occurred in terms of a police action or a justice outcome.

Otherwise also, a year after its launch, the interactive website police.uk now features incidents of crime and antisocial behaviour recorded at all train stations and railway networks across England and Wales.

The Home Office claimed communities will also start to see incidents that occurred on or near a range of additional local sites including shopping areas, nightclubs, hospitals, parks and parking areas.

Nick Herbert, Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, said: 'Our crime mapping website is continuing to evolve and revolutionise the way people access crime data.

'The public appetite is clear with 453 million hits to the website since its launch. We have listened to public demand for even more detailed information.

'Information is power — and crime mapping helps transfer power back to local people. Together with the election of Police and Crime Commissioners later this year we are helping the public to hold local forces to account.'

The development is significant as even after 19 years of Stephen Lawrence murder, incidents of racism still continue. Since Stephen’s murder in 1993, as many as 90 deaths linked to racism have been reported.

According to a report by Institute of Race Relations, the level of racially motivated violence is still increasing despite the advances made following the inquiry into the murder of Stephen which was conducted by Sir William Macpherson.

The IRR had earlier catalogued a roll call of death of the 77 asylum seekers and migrants who had died either in the UK or attempting to reach the UK in the past five years as a consequence of direct racism or indirect racism stemming from policies. These deaths do not include ‘settled’ black people.

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