More than half a billion pounds has been spent by local authorities in London on emergency housing since the general election. Councils have been forced to place people in accommodation, such as hotels and B&Bs, after they presented themselves as being homeless.
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Two members of the public were injured along with two police officers who were in the unmarked vehicle.
Scotland Yard recorded 1,235 Islamophobic attacks in the last 12 months, compared with 811 in 2015.
Officers say the child, aged two, was targeted in the Lewisham Shopping Centre.