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Statistics show large increase in religious hate crimes in UK since London bombings

[JURIST] The London Metropolitan Police [official website] said Tuesday that since the July 7 bombings [JURIST report], religious hate crimes have increased almost six times from a year ago during the same period. Reported incidents increased from 40 last year to 269 this year, largely consisting of abuse, minor assaults, and property damage. The first three days after the bombings saw 68 incidents, compared with none for the same dates in 2004. UK Muslim groups are urging members to be careful [JURIST report] and a once-failed religious hatred law will soon be taken up by the House of Lords [JURIST report]. The Financial Times has more.

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