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Hate crime is more than “anti-social behaviour”

By Katharine Quarmby  

Fiona Pilkington:

The case of Fiona Pilkington, the 38-year old woman who killed herself and her 18-year-old disabled daughter, Frankie, after years of abuse from local youths in Leicestershire, has shocked the nation—and so naturally, once the story broke, politicians were swift to respond. The home secretary, Alan Johnson, in a speech at the Labour party conference, said that he would use the case to “force” the police to do more to tackle anti-social behaviour. Gordon…

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