RACIALLY motivated crime in West Yorkshire has dropped by almost a quarter, say new figures.
Cases of racially motivated and aggravated crimes dealt with by the Crown Prosecution Service the county have fallen from 406 in 2002-2003 to 319 in 2003-2004.
The figures - in the service's Racist Incident Monitoring Scheme's annual report - also showed that 81% of West Yorkshire cases were prosecuted, as against the national average of 76%.
Of those prosecuted, 88% pleaded guilty or were convicted by the courts - a 3% rise on figures for the year before.
Chief Crown Prosecutor Neil Franklin said: "Racially or religiously aggravated offences cannot be tolerated in a civilised society.
"In West Yorkshire we work alongside the police and communities to ensure the effective prosecution of such offences where the evidence allows."
He added: "We also work closely with race equality committees and race harassment projects to ensure we deal with such offences to the maximum effect."