SEVERAL anti-Semitic hate incidents were reported in ​Hampshire last year, figures reveal, as the number recorded nationwide hit a record high.

Jewish safety charity the Community Security Trust said a rise in online incidents was the biggest driver behind the increase across Britain – but said the figures were “likely to understate the scale of the problem”.

The charity received six reports of anti-Semitic incidents from victims, witnesses or other organisations in ​the Hampshire Constabulary area in 2019.

That was one fewer than during 2018, when there were five.

All of the incidents involved abusive behaviour.

Across Britain, 1,805 reports were received during the year, a seven per cent increase on 2018 and the highest number since records began in 1984.

More than a third of incidents occurred online (697) – a rise of 82 per cent since last year – with most taking place on social media.

The charity said the number of online incidents “are only indicative and are likely to understate the scale of the problem” since it said ‘campaigns’ of abuse targeted at individual victims, which “often involve dozens of social media accounts and hundreds or even thousands of tweets, images or posts”, were recorded as a single incident.

The highest monthly totals were in February (182) and December (184) during times which saw “prominent and intense debate over allegations of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party”, the charity claimed.

Board of Deputies of British Jews president Marie van der Zyl said the findings were “profoundly depressing”.

She added: “No doubt the ongoing anti-Semitism crisis in the Labour Party has had an effect on the figures and they will cause great anxiety to Jews in this country.

“Overall it must be emphasised that Britain remains a happy place for its Jewish community.

“However, we call on the country’s political leaders – in all parties – to fight the evil of anti-Jewish racism and make this a just, safe and respectful society for everyone.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel described the findings as “appalling”.

“I am pushing for greater collaboration, both across government, policing, the courts and community groups, to remove this shameful stain on our society,” she added.

A Labour Party spokeswoman said: “It is deeply distressing that anti-Semitism is rising in our society and other countries. We thank the Community Security Trust for the vital work it does highlighting and confronting anti-Semitism and in providing support and security for Jewish communities.”