'We all know it’s irritating, unsightly and unhygienic, but one case of dog fouling has been logged by police as a racist hate crime.
The incident is among numerous alleged hate crimes uncovered by The Mail on Sunday that critics say are so petty they are undeserving of police time and expense.
Further examples in a list of more than 2,500 alleged ‘hate incidents’ logged by the Metropolitan Police in 2015 and 2016 include:
- An envelope that had been opened and resealed;
- An accident involving a car that bore a Remembrance poppy;
- A disputed line call in a tennis match;
- A dead rat found in a garden;
- And a man telling library staff he was campaigning for Brexit.
Last night, David Davies, Tory MP and former special constable, said the recording of such ‘non-crimes’ was a waste of police time.
‘This is part of the reason that police struggle to investigate serious offences such as home burglaries,’ he said. ‘People need to start thinking more carefully before they call the police.’
The 2,507 hate incidents are revealed in a 118-page document disclosed under Freedom of Information laws.
A description of the dog fouling incident reads: ‘An unknown dog has fouled outside of victim address and victim perceived this to be a racial incident.’
Another canine-related case logged as an alleged hate crime says: ‘Suspect’s dog barking at victim.’
On another occasion, a supposed victim of racial abuse reported that he ‘believes a letter addressed to him was opened and then resealed before he had collected it from the Post Office’.'
Read more: The DOG accused of a hate crime after fouling outside a home in just one of 2,500 cases probed over two years