RACE-hate victims face a postcode lottery over whether their case makes it to court.
Some areas are more likely to prosecute but, overall, just one in five attacks ends up with a suspect in the dock.
The grim picture emerged just weeks after Black Lives Matter protests across the globe demanded governments crack down on racism.
An Equality and Human Rights Commission spokesman said: “We know victims of hate crime often don’t report what happened as they feel police won’t take the incident seriously enough or have the power to act.
“It is disappointing so many cases are not solved.” Last year only 641 out of 3,258 racially aggravated assaults saw a suspect charged.
A total of 1,481 cases were ditched by police or prosecutors. In a further 849 incidents, cops did not manage to identify a prime suspect.
In North Wales, 41 per cent of recorded attacks led to charges, with 37 per in Thames Valley.
But in Lincolnshire, there were no cases taken to court and in Cambridgeshire the figure was three per cent.
Deputy Chief Constable Mark Hamilton, from the National Police Chiefs’ Council, insisted hate crime is a “priority” for police and said a surge in recorded offences in recent years was partly down to better efforts by cops to tackle it.
He added: “I want to assure everyone that, if you have been a victim of a hate crime, the police will do everything we can to investigate it thoroughly.
We will always seek to pursue action if there is the evidence to do so.”
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