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‘Shocking’ rise in violent hate crimes in London during 2021, figures reveal

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iolent hate crimes soared in London in 2021 with almost 9,500 offences recorded by police, new figures have revealed.

It represents a 44 per cent increase on the figure recorded in 2018 and means there have now been more than 31,000 violent hate crimes in the capital in the past four years.

More than 80 per cent of all the violent hate crimes recorded since 2018 involved the victim being targeted for their race or religion – though attacks motivated by anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia and transphobia all rose last year.

The figures were requested by Labour London Assembly Member Unmesh Desai who described them as “shocking and utterly depressing”.

Mr Desai said: “Education is vital to stamping out hate and it has been positive to see the Mayor [of London] invest in grassroots and early intervention projects that counter harmful and intolerant attitudes.

“It is important that after many years of damaging austerity, the Met Police are properly resourced so they can more effectively respond to hate crime incidents.

“The new Commissioner must also prioritise restoring Londoners’ trust and confidence in policing, so more victims of hate crime are comfortable coming forward to report their experiences.”

Anti-Semitic hate crimes in London rose by 45 per cent between 2020 and 2021, with 849 incidents recorded in total last year – 290 of which were violent.

The London Assembly unanimously voted on Thursday in favour of a motion calling on Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to develop a specific strategy to tackle anti-Semitism in London.

Conservative Assembly Member Susan Hall, who proposed the motion, said: “Anti-Semitism has no place in our city. Last year we saw a shocking 45 per cent rise in reported antisemitic hate crimes.

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