Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Tackle Hate Crimes or Face a US-Style Race Relations Crisis'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Tackle Hate Crimes or Face a US-Style Race Relations Crisis'

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Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor

THE capital is at risk of a US-style race relations crisis if authorities fail to act to protect victims of a surge in hate crime in London, a leading campaigner warns today.

John Azah, a member of the Met's Independent Advisory Group, says he fears police no longer have the resources to investigate or help victims of hate crimes. He said: "I am not sure that there are adequate mechanisms in place to help victims because there are few aid groups around. I am not confident about who is taking responsibility for these crimes."

Mr Azah spoke out as the Met said it had made 400 arrests for suspected hate crimes following the EU referendum result. Since the Brexit result on June 24 police say they have been dealing with 57 to 78 offences a day, compared with 25 to 50 offences before the vote.

The Government should "re-invest" in race equality or risk tensions along the lines of the crisis in the United States, said Mr Azah, who also advises the Ministry of Justice. …

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