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Should homophobic attackers be given jail sentences?

ORGANISATIONS tackling hate crime in Hartlepool say there are still too many such attacks going unreported.

There were 84 incidents of hate crime in Hartlepool during 2010, but police officers say there have probably been far more victims who are reluctant to come forward.

Police categorise hate crime as all incidents involving religion, race, transgender, disability and sexuality.

The concerns come after the Hartlepool Mail reported how a shocking homophobic attack took place outside St Patrick’s shops, in Hartlepool, on Wednesday, November 16.

Today we ask, should homophobic attackers be given jail sentences?