The latest crime figures from the office of national statistics were published today and show that violent crime in England and Wales is on the rise.
Hate crime is defined as an act of violence or hostility directed at somebody because of who they are. Racial and religious abuse together with taunts over sexuality are common instances.
Now the Government is looking into whether ageism and misogyny should be included as hate crimes.
I discussed this with Richard Cooke, who chairs the West Midlands Police Federation, and to Laura Bates from the Everyday Sexism project. I began by asking Police Sgt Cook why he’s opposed to the plans.