Hate crimes in London up more than 50% since EU Referendum

Six hundred hate crimes across London have been reported to the Metropolitan Police in the nine days following the EU Referendum - an increase of 20 per cent compared to this time last year, and of more than 50 per cent compared with the average daily number before the Referendum result was announced. There are between 20-50 incidents of hate crime reported daily in London, but since the Referendum this has jumped to an average of 67 a day.

The data has been reported in the Evening Standard, Guardian and the Radio 4 Today programme yesterday.

The Home Affairs Select Committee has launched an inquiry into hate crime and its consequences as a result of the recent increase in reported incidents across the UK. The inquiry will look at current arrangements for prevention and prosecution, and the role of social media and the community.

Barnet's Labour councillors have submitted a motion condemning hate crime to the 26 July Full Council meeting, following the refusal by the Leader of the Council to issue a cross-party statement on the issue.

Labour's spokesperson for Community Leadership, Cllr Kath McGuirk said: "The recent increase in reported hate crime in London is worrying, and we all need to be vigilant and speak out against it.

"Barnet has a diverse, cohesive and harmonious community and I was glad to hear that there had been no increase in reported hate crime locally when Labour councillors raised it at last week's Policy & Resources committee, but given the increase in London we need to monitor the situation closely.

"In addition to our motion to Full Council I will be asking for the Community Leadership committee to set-up more regular monitoring arrangements."

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Notes:

1. For media coverage of this issue see:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07j4jg6#play 

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/brexit-hate-crimes-reports-rise-by-more-than-50-per-cent-since-the-eu-referendum-a3288681.html

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jul/05/met-police-received-230-reports-of-hate-crimes-after-brexit-vote

2. For details of the Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry into hate crime, and how to give evidence to the inquiry see:

http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/home-affairs-committee/news-parliament-2015/160704-new-inquiry-hate-crime/

3. For details of the Labour Group motion on hate crime see: http://www.barnetlabour.org.uk/barnet_labour_councillors_submit_motion_condemning_hate_crime

For more information contact Cllr Kath McGuirk: cllr.k.mcguirk@barnet.gov.uk

To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568

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