Crime reports up after Woolwich

The number of reported hate crimes against Muslims in the capital rose from one to eight per day in the wake of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner said today.

Hate crime reports rose from 'one to eight a day'

There was a rise in the number of reported hate crimes in the capital in the wake of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner said today during a web chat.

When asked whether there are additional security arrangements in place ahead of Ramadan, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said:

Following the terrible murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich we did see a rise in the number of reported hate crimes against Muslims from one a day to eight a day.

This lasted for around two weeks and has recently reduced to around two a day. There are two arson attacks which are always serious as people's lives are put at risk.

As a result we have had 24-hour police guarding of some high risk sites over the last few weeks and extra patrolling. We are reviewing the situation every week across London and will take appropriate action to keep people safe.

Hate crime reports rise after Lee Rigby murder

Police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe. Credit: PA

The number of reported hate crimes against Muslims in the capital rose from one to eight per day in the wake of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner said today.

Speaking in a web chat, Britain's most senior police officer Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said that since then the number of reports has dropped again to two per day.

Drummer Rigby was murdered by Muslim extremists as he returned to Woolwich barracks in south east London on May 22.

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Police Commissioner to host web-chat

Commissioner Bernard Hogan Howe will host a live webchat this morning at 0930. The webchats are an initiative designed for the Commissioner to speak directly with the public to find out their views on how to improve the Metropolitan Police Service.

Members of the public are invited to joint the webchat here - http://www.met.police.uk/askmetboss/ - between 09:30am and 10:30am today. You can also join the discussion and pre-submit a question on Twitter by tagging your tweet with #AskMetBoss.