Online hate crimes against disabled people soared by a third in one year – but the numbers recorded are just the “tip of the iceberg”, a charity has warned.
Police forces across England and Wales revealed there were 313 incidents reported in 2017-18 – up from 235 in the previous 12 months, according to the Leonard Cheshire organisation.
The disability charity said Kent recorded the most online hate crimes against disabled people (30), while Norfolk, Suffolk and Surrey saw the biggest increases in incidents.
YouTuber Emily Davison, who runs a blog about living with a disability, said she had been told to “drink bleach” to cure her condition by an abuser online.
The 23-year-old from London has a rare congenital condition called septo-optic dysplasia that means she is blind in her right eye and has limited vision in her left.
She told Sky News: “I’ve had someone tell me to drink bleach to cure my disability, I’ve had people say that you’re not blind you’re just lying… just people telling me to do weird things to cure my disability.
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