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A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) gave this response to a report that has found a recent surge in Islamophobic attacks:
A report into anti-Islamic attacks in the UK has found that the majority of incidents are taking place online.
Of the 584 incidents recorded between 1 April 2012 and 30 April 2013, three quarters of them occurred online and involved insults, abusive behaviour and threats of offline action.
Researchers also found there was a direct link to far-right groups in almost 70% of reported online incidents, with the English Defence League allegedly being particularly active.
A report into anti-Islamic attacks in the UK has revealed a surge in the number of incidents reported since the attack on a soldier in Woolwich.
The report, by Professor Nigel Copsey from Teesside University, found that the average number of incidents reported rose from 1.5 per day to six or seven.
The incidents were being reported to Tell MAMA, a government-funded platform for monitoring attacks of this kind.
But the research shows that under-reporting remains a major problem, which only a third of all incidents recorded between 1 April 2012 and 30 April 2013 being reported to the police.