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Anti-Muslim hate crimes in London soared by 40% in a year

The number of Islamophobic hate crimes in London has soared by almost 40 per cent in the past year, figures have revealed. 

 

 

The number of Islamophobic hate crimes in London has soared by almost 40 per cent in the past year, figures have revealed. 

There were 1,678 anti-Muslim hate crimes reported in the capital in the year up to January 2018 – up from 1,205 the year before. 

And Scotland Yard warned that the figures, from the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, do not show the full scale of “hugely under-reported” hate crimes in the capital.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan warned perpetrators they face arrest and prosecution under a “zero-tolerance” approach. 

“London is a place where we celebrate, cherish and embrace diversity,” he said. 

“I’m calling on all Londoners to pull together, and send a clear message around the world that our city will never be divided by individuals who seek to harm us and destroy our way of life.” 

Muslim leaders and police said the rise is linked to the terror attacks London Bridge and Manchester Arena last year.

 

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