Religiously Aggravated Offences

01 Dec 2014
Ms Diane Abbott MP:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of Islamophobic hate crime were recorded by the police in (a) Greater London, (b) Hackney and (c) England in the last 10 years.

Ms Lynne Featherstone MP:

The coalition government takes seriously all forms of hate crime, including anti-Muslim hatred. We have legislation in place to protect people from hostility, hatred and violence.

In May, we published our refreshed cross-Government hate crime action plan—Challenge it, Report it, Stop it, setting out the progress we have made and further steps we will take to address the issue. Specific actions to tackle anti-Muslim hatred include supporting educational workshops for young people, running a series of regional roadshows across the country to engage with communities, and publishing new hate crime guidance for police officers which provides advice on dealing with anti-Muslim hatred.

We also continue to support the work of cross-government Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group, which includes community representatives, to identify what more can be done to prevent anti-Muslim hatred, and respond to any emerging issues.

Our cross-government action plan brings together the work of a wide range of departments and agencies under three core principles: to prevent hate crimes happening in the first place; to increase reporting and victims’ access to support; and to improve the operational response to hate crimes.

The Home Office does not disaggregate religious hate crime by religion. We only hold recorded hate crime data at the police force area level and for the previous three years. This data can be found in the table below.

A breakdown of statistics by force area can be found at the following links:2011/12 data in Table 2.01 
2012/13 and 2013/14 data in Tables 1.01 and 1.02 respectively

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