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Assembly responds to increase in recorded hate crime

15 October 2019

Today, the Home Office released figures which show a 10% rise in recorded hate crime for 2018-19. 

In response, Chair of the London Assembly Police & Crime Committee, Unmesh Desai AM, said:

“While it’s great to see that people have the courage to come forward and report incidents of hate crime, the rise also shows that this issue is still of great concern.

“The Home Office figures, show that hate crime has more than doubled since 2012-13.  These findings are in line with a recent London Assembly Police and Crime Committee report on hate crime.  We discovered that up to 50 hate crimes per day were recorded by the Met Police in 2018. This is simply shocking.

“The Committee called on the Mayor to do more on this issue for Londoners.  We need to see real action being taken to stop hate crime from happening and as a Committee, we’ll continue to monitor this trend to ensure that Londoners can live without physical or verbal prejudice.”

Notes to editors

  1. Unmesh Desai AM, Chairman of the Police & Crime Committee is available for interview. 
  2. Find out more about the work of the Police & Crime Committee.
  3. 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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