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Thursday 8th
posted by Morning Star in Britain

by Felicity Collier

SADIQ KHAN warned yesterday that there has been a spike in the number of racist incidents since the attacks on London Bridge.

Provisional figures released by the London mayor’s office show that on Monday there were 54 recorded incidents, compared with a daily average of 38 so far this year.

Of these, 20 were recorded as Islamophobic hate crimes, compared with a daily average of 3.5 this year, which is the highest daily figure so far this year.

It is also higher than after the Paris attacks in November 2015 and after the murder of Lee Rigby in May 2013.

The figures come as the death toll from the London Bridge attack on Saturday evening rose to eight after police recovered a body, believed to be Frenchman Xavier Thomas, 45, from the Thames.

He is thought to have been struck by the terrorists’ van on the bridge and witnesses reported him being thrown into the water.

Mr Khan urged Londoners yesterday to report any hate crimes to the police.

“One of the greatest things about London is our defiant unity in the face of adversity — and that will not change in the aftermath of this horrific attack,” he said.

“Just as the police will do everything possible to root out extremism from our city, so we will take a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime.”

The secretary of the al-Madina Mosque in Barking, east London, Ash Siddique said a number of women had been attacked on their way to the mosque, including one who was grabbed around her throat at a bus stop.

Anti-Islamophobia charity Mend has set up an online form for reporting instances of hate crime against Muslims.