A new report released today has disclosed the high-profile faces who inspire those that have committed hate crimes around the country.
The report, 'The Geography of Hate Crime' compiled by the muslim victim support group Tell Mama, which monitors hate-related activity showed a 200 per cent rise in hate crime last year.
After analysing data from reports made across 2015, they have collated data relating to where hate crimes occur, who perpetrates them and also who the perpetrators follow onTwitter.
The network graph shown identifies the most occurring twitter handles followed by the perpetrators of reported hate crime, taken by Tell MAMA to 'map who they were influenced by' and judging by the size of user nodes on the map, 'the most important nodes in the network that inspired 207 anti-muslim hate incidents'.
Top of the list are Daily Mail columnist Katie Hopkins, UKIP leader Nigel Farage and fellow member David Jones. Also figuring heavily for a high number of followers is former chief of the English Defence League, Tony Robinson, who is currently marketing a book, 'Enemy of the State'. Donald Trump's Twitter handle is also on the map.
The analysis of some 437 'offline' hate reports and 364 'online' is only part of the total reported. The organisation received 1,128 reports over the year and were notified of a further 1,494.
Shahid Malik, Chair of Tell MAMA said: "The statistics paint a profoundly bleak picture of the explosion of anti-Muslim hate both online and on our streets with visible Muslim women being disproportionately targeted by cowardly hatemongers.
"With the backdrop of the Brexit vote and the spike in racist incidents that seems to be emerging, the government should be under no illusions: things could quickly become extremely unpleasant for Britain’s minorities.
"So today, more than ever, we need our government, our political parties and of course our media to act with the utmost responsibility and help steer us towards a post-Brexit Britain where xenophobia and hatred are utterly rejected."
Fiyaz Mughal OBE, founder of Tell Mama and Faith Matters, a pan-religious organisation, added: "We have worked with the Crown Prosecution Service, numerous police forces, Police and Crime Commissioners, local authority leads, social media providers, European Union institutions and mosques and Islamic institutions... defending and protecting human rights. This also means that where we find anti-Muslim hatred, antisemitism, LGBT hate or disability hate for that matter, we will counter and challenge it."
The report also shows that hate crime towards muslims had a delayed spike after the Paris attacks in mid November. It wasn't until after an article in the Sun entitled '1 in 5 Brit muslims' sympathy for jihadis' that a huge spike, the highest by a huge margin in the whole year, was recorded.
"This story was effectively challenged across the media and the newspaper was made to print a correction by the Independent Press Standards Organisation," for being significantly misleading, said the report.
Isolating the locations of reported offences outside London the most prevalent for attacks and abuse areas were around Birmingham, then Manchester and the Northeast, and then Nottingham and Sheffield.