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Mayor boosts support to combat rising hate crime in the capital

Monday October 14th, 2019

As National Hate Crime Awareness Week starts, Sadiq announces new funding for communities in London facing a new escalation in hostility and prejudiceLondon_

The Mayor has invested more than £6 million to tackle hate crime and help victims

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today announced he is investing an additional £500,000 to tackle the growing threat of hate crime in the capital, including new support for communities that have experienced hate crime following the 2016 Brexit referendum.

Overall, reports of hate crime in London have increased by 31 per cent since 2015 with recent figures showing that there are on average 290 racist hate crime offences per week. There was a ‘spike’ in hate crime incidents following the EU referendum in July 2016, with the number of incidents almost doubling to 547 in the week following the referendum result. There have also been spikes in hate crime following UK and international terrorist attacks, with sharp increases in incidents reported in June 2017 and March this year, following the London Bridge and Christchurch New Zealand terror attacks.

On the eve of National Hate Crime Awareness Week, Sadiq’s new investment will double the specialist advocacy support services provided to victims of hate crime, and offer financial support for grassroot projects tackling harmful ideologies.

Figures from the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime show that there are on average 181 faith-based hate crime incidents per month in London with, among boroughs, Barnet seeing the highest volume of anti-Semitic hate crime and Tower Hamlets the largest number of Islamophobic hate crime incidents. On average, there are 41 disability hate crime incidents, 178 sexual orientation hate crimes and 17 incidents of transgender hate crime every month. The majority of sexual orientation hate crime incidents are in Westminster, Lambeth and Southwark[1].

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:

“Hate crime of any kind has absolutely no place in our city. As we mark National Hate Crime Awareness Week, I am clear that there must be zero tolerance of hate crime in London. We know this form of crime has a devastating and long-lasting impact on those who are targeted, and I am clear that the police have my full support in enforcing the law against anybody who commits these crimes.

It is clear that more must be done to help victims to report incidents and to find new ways of identifying, preventing and challenging hate crime. That’s why we have invested more than £6million – more than under any previous Mayor – to tackle the growing threat that London’s diverse and minority communities are facing. Our new investment will enable specialist support services significantly to increase the help and advocacy they can provide to victims, and it will ensure that we are putting in to practice the lessons learned following previous spikes in hate crime so that all victims can access the support and justice they deserve.”

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