The devastating impact of the crime was highlighted in 2009 when Fiona Pilkington, 38, of Barwell, Leicestershire, killed herself and her 18-year-old disabled daughter Francesca after being targeted by yobs. Their bodies were found in a burnt-out car.
As a result the Sunday Express ran a successful crusade calling for a law that would force councils and police to act if there were 10 complaints about anti-social behaviour.
Former director of public prosecutions Ken MacDonald last year said the police and CPS regularly overlook the crime despite “lots and lots of cases involving disabled people being abused, injured, or murdered”.
A CPS spokesman said last night the body launched a Disability Hate Crime Action Plan in 2014 to tackle the issue.