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Day: September 7, 2015

Hate crimes against Muslims in London up by 70% as police figures show
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Hate crimes against Muslims in London up by 70% as police figures show

    The Met's statistics record a total of 816 Islamophobic hate crimes in the 12 months to July 2015, up from 478 over the same period in 2013-14. Racist and religious hate crimes in London increased overall by 27%, with 13,007 incidents recorded. The Met defines Islamophobic offences as "any offence which is perceived to be Islam-ophobic by the victim or any other person". The London borough of Westminster saw the greatest number of hate crimes against Mus-lims, with 54 incidents, according to the Met's figures. Some of the largest increases, though, were in Merton, where 29 Islamophobic offences were reported in the 2015 figures, up from just eight, and Lambeth where there were 40 Islamophobic offences reported, up from 17. A BBC report quoted a spokesman from Tell MAMA, a g...