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Up to 50 hate crimes a day in London

30 September 2019

Up to 50 hate crimes a day in London

In 2018, there were around 19,000 offences recorded by the Met Police that involved a hate crime: averaging around 50 offences a day [1].

With offences on the rise since 2011, the London Assembly Police & Crime Committee published a report today with recommendations to the Mayor on what he can do to tackle hate crime in the capital.

  • Homophobic hate crime is up 81 per cent
  • Racist and religious hate crime is up 107 per cent
  • Disability hate crime is up 215 per cent
  • Transphobic hate crime is up 261 per cent

The letter makes a number of recommendations, including:

  • That the Mayor make information available to Londoners about the organisations that are providing support to victims of hate crime, including projects funded by local authorities and the Government.
  • That the Mayor set out how he is regularly and proactively raising awareness of hate crime among all Londoners and consider working more proactively with organisations such as sporting and cultural institutions to encourage them to promote awareness of hate crime and how to prevent it, and to counter divisive messages.
  • That MOPAC commissions a properly funded pan-London hate crime advocacy service for victims.
  • That MOPAC sets out how it will help to improve the level and quality of work with hate crime offenders across the capital, to challenge the attitudes that underpin hate.

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


“These statistics are alarming and not representative of the vast majority of people living in the capital.  London is proud of its reputation as a diverse and open city, home to people from all around the world and from different backgrounds.  Hate crime of any kind cannot be tolerated and we need to ensure that all Londoners can live without physical or verbal prejudice.  The Mayor needs to better demonstrate that he is giving hate crime the same level of attention as his other key priorities for the capital.

“The organisations working across the city to tackle hate crime and support victims should be commended for their work, but they are faced with a growing number of victims that need help. After our investigation the Mayor announced additional funding for London’s hate crime advocacy service, currently operated by CATCH, meaning 400 more Londoners will have access to the support they need.  The Mayor will need to ensure this service can continue to meet the demand for support across the capital.

“The London Assembly Police & Crime Committee is calling on the Mayor to strengthen his efforts to tackle hate crime to ensure that victims can access the support they need. We must also challenge the attitudes of offenders.  Working with both the victims and the offenders will help stem the rise of hate crime in our great city.”

Notes to editors

  1. 50 offences per day with one or more hate crimes attached to them.
  2. The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee Hate Crime report attached.
  3. Unmesh Desai AM, Chairman of the Police & Crime Committee is available for interview. 
  4. Find out more about the work of the Police & Crime Committee.
  5. 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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