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Hate crime surges in the capital

18 July 2016

This meeting took place on 19 July 2016. Read the transcript here.

Since the EU Referendum the average number of hate crimes reported each day has risen by 52 per cent: from 44 to 67 reports[1]. From June 2012 to July 2016 reports of hate crime[2] increased in the capital by 70 per cent[3].

The Mayor of London has described the recent trend as a “surge”. This can be partly attributed to improved reporting, yet the Met estimate that only one in four hate crimes is reported[4].

The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee will tomorrow question the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden and Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey QPM about the recent increase in hate crime.

How has hate crime reporting changed?

What is the Met doing to reassure local communities?

What more can be done to encourage people to report hate crime?

Other topics will include:

  • Policing budget
  • Closure of Holloway prison
  • Healthcare of detainees in custody
  • Met’s use of drones

 

The meeting will take place on Tuesday 19 July from 10:00am in the Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend. 

The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

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Notes to editors

  1. Evening Standard, Sadiq Khan launches crackdown on Brexit vote hate crime, 8 July 2016.
  2. A hate crime is defined as any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a personal characteristic; specifically actual or perceived race, religion/faith, sexual orientation, disability and transgender identity. A hate crime incident is defined as any non-crime incident which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a personal characteristic; specifically actual or perceived race, religion/faith, sexual orientation, disability and transgender identity. See A Hate Crime Reduction Strategy for London (2014 – 2017), MOPAC, December 2014.
  3. Source: MOPAC hate crime dashboard.
  4. The Guardian, Met police received more than 500 reports of hate crime after Brexit vote, 5 July 2016
  5. Full Agenda papers.
  6. Steve O’Connell AM, Chairman of the Police and Crime Committee is available for interview.  See contact details below.
  7. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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