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BREXIT may be fuelling hate crime

An increase in hate crimes reported to the police in Lewisham has led one Labour councillor to speculate that Brexit might be to blame.

In December 2015, a total 422 cases of hate crimes were reported in the borough. The number surged to 512 by the end of December 2016. David Michael, Chair of the Safer Stronger Communities Select Committee believes that Brexit has been seen by some as “a licence to violence.”

He said: “After the referendum we have seen a spike in racial hate crimes. In our borough we had attacks on Spanish, Turkish, Jewish and people of other ethnicity.”

“People of racist tendencies have taken Brexit as a licence to mount physical, verbal and online attacks against people of other communities.”

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