Hate crime and particularly Islamophobic incidents have increased dramatically in London in the wake of the London Bridge attack, crime statistics show.
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has warned that police will take a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime after the spike in incidents in the capital.
The figures come after hateful graffiti stating “terrorise your own country” was daubed on an Islamic community centre in Sutton over the weekend.
Provisional statistics for June 6 show there were 54 racist incidents reported to police, up 40 per cent compared to the daily average of 38 for the year so far.
The figures for Islamophobic incidents on the same day has rocketed, increasing by 500% from an average of 3.5 a day this year up to 20.
The figures represent the highest daily level of Islamophobic incidents in 2017 to date, more than there were in the wake of the 2015 Paris attacks or the 2013 killing of Lee Rigby.
According to the Met, 25 people have been arrested for suspected hate crimes since Saturday.
Mr Khan has called on people across London to report any hate crimes of any kind to 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,” he said.
“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.”
Chief Superintendent Dave Stringer, the Met’s head of community engagement, said dedicated officers have made contact with local places of worship to encourage them and their congregations to report any hate crimes.
He said: “Since Saturday evening’s attacks, we have increased the number of officers on the streets and in communities to reassure local people that they are able to go about their daily lives in peace and without fear of harassment or intimidation.”
You can report a hate crime online via the Metropolitan Police website here. Otherwise, you can dial 101 or 999 if it is an emergency.
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