Religious Hate Crime Up 600pc; Attacks in London Soar since Suicide Bombings

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Religious Hate Crime Up 600pc; Attacks in London Soar since Suicide Bombings


Byline: ANIL DAWAR

RELIGIOUS hate crimes have soared by almost 600 per cent in London since the July 7 bombings, it was revealed yesterday.

Scotland Yard figures show that 269 crimes motivated by religious hatred have been reported since the suicide attacks, compared to only 40 in the same three-and-a-half week period last year.

The figures include minor assaults, abuse in the street and by email and criminal damage to property including mosques.

In the three days after the attacks there were 68 such crimes in the capital compared to none in the same period 12 months ago. Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur said most of the incidents were minor but had a great 'emotional impact' on communities.

'There is no doubt that incidents impacting on the Muslim community have increased,' he said.

'It can lead to these commuprovidenities completely retreating and not engaging at a time when we want their engagement and support.' Police officers have stepped up patrols and are working with community groups to reassurance. It is not thought that the incidents are part of a concerted campaign and not all the incidents have been aimed at Muslims.

Finsbury Park Mosque, which has made a break from its associations with radical clerics such as Abu Hamza, has received more than 30 threatening phone calls in a fortnight. …

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