Hate crime on Mus­lims in­creas­ing

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

PO­LICE fig­ures show hate crime against Mus­lims is ris­ing in Lon­don.

Re­ports of Is­lam­o­pho­bia have also shot up in Hilling­don with the num­ber of in­ci­dents in­creas­ing from six to 20.

The sta­tis­tics were re­vealed as part of the Met’s latest crime fig­ures for Lon­don, com­par­ing the num­ber of crimes in the 12 months up to July 2015 with the 12 months up to July 2014.

Across Lon­don, po­lice fig­ures show hate crimes rose by 70 per cent.

The Met says it be­lieves the in­crease is due to a range of fac­tors, in­clud­ing a grow­ing will­ing­ness of vic­tims to re­port hate crime, an im­proved aware­ness of po­lice staff in iden­ti­fy­ing these of­fences, and work with part­ners to sup­port vic­tims.

Com­man­der Mak Chishty, head of hate crime at the Met, said: “We will not tol­er­ate hate crime and take pos­i­tive ac­tion to in­ves­ti­gate all al­le­ga­tions, sup­port vic­tims and ar­rest of­fend­ers.”

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