Sadiq Khan reveals rise in hate crime after London Bridge attack

‚ÄčThere has been a spike in the number of racist incidents recorded since the London Bridge attack, mayor of London Sadiq Khan has warned.

Mr Khan said police will take a “zero-tolerance approach to hate crime” as the latest statistics show a rise in hate crime and Islamophobic incidents after Saturday night’s attack.

Provisional figures released by the mayor’s office show the number of racist incidents recorded on Monday was 54, compared with a daily average of 38 so far this year.

There has also been an increase in Islamophobic hate incidents, with 20 on Monday, compared with a daily average of 3.5 this year.


The Mayor during a minute’s silence for victims (PA)

This is the highest daily level of Islamophobic incidents so far this year, and is also higher than the levels following the Paris attacks in November 2015 and the murder of Lee Rigby in May 2013.

The mayor has called on all Londoners to report hate crimes of any kind to the police.

“One of the greatest things about London is our defiant unity in the face of adversity – and that will not change in the aftermath of this horrific attack.

“Just as the police will do everything possible to root out extremism from our city, so we will take a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime.

“If you witness a hate crime please report it to the police. If you commit a hate crime, you face arrest.

“I’m calling on all Londoners to pull together, and send a clear message around the world that our city will never be divided by these hideous individuals who seek to harm us and destroy our way of life.

“London will never be cowed or divided by terrorism.”

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