Online Hate Crime Hub (1)

MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Question By: 
Unmesh Desai
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many crimes have been reported via the online hate crime hub since its introduction in April 2017?


Answer for Online Hate Crime Hub (1)

Answer for Online Hate Crime Hub (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Online Hate Crime Hub (OHCH) began investigating cases on 23 March 2017 and was officially launched at the Online Hate Crime Summit on 24 April.

The hub is not a public facing unit and does not receive direct reports from members of the public. Members of the public still report crime to the MPS via the normal routes (999/101/online/in person) and then a case of online hate will be referred into the specialist hub, or may be identified proactively by the hub via the CRIS database.

Since the hub became operational it has dealt with 141 cases (some of which are still live), and one of which has resulted in a successful prosecution.

It is important to note that the victim outcomes for the hub project are far broader than achieving criminal charge and prosecution, and include the offer of specialist victim support and online safety advice for all victims. These are achieved through ongoing partnerships with a range of VSE groups and social media companies.