Anti-Muslim attacks in London rose eightfold after Rigby murder

ENGAGE reports that Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has confirmed that hate crimes against Muslims in London rose from one to eight per day in the immediate aftermath Lee Rigby’s murder. Hogan-Howe stated:

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.