A legacy of Black people vanishing in disproportionate numbers over the last ten years needs to be addressed with ‘extreme urgency’, campaigners say. The growing divide has been revealed amid reports that some families are suffering racial discrimination when they contact police to say loved ones have disappeared.
A public inquiry is being called for by one community figure in London, who has examined National Crime Agency (NCA) figures showing there were more than 31,700 reports of missing Black people between 2019 and 2020.
The ethnicity group accounted for 14% of all cases in England and Wales during the last financial year, despite representing only 3% of the population, according to the data.
The statistics suggest this is a growing problem, as the number has risen to a four-year high, up from 11.3% of all cases between 2016 and 2017.
However, exclusive analysis by Dominic Norton, founder of missingblackpeople.com, and Metro.co.uk shows the problem goes back more than a decade, suggesting the current picture is only the ‘tip of the iceberg’.
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