Monday, 17 January 2022


Barking & Dagenham murders: community meeting

The coroner's inquest into the circumstances and the police investigation of the deaths of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor concluded in December 2021. The jury have returned a verdict of unlawful deaths, raising many issues regarding the professionalism of the Metropolitan Police. The recent BBC docudrama, Four Lives, aired in January. 

It is clear that there are strong feelings about the failures of the police in this investigation. We are organising a community meeting on 24th January.

Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball, Commander Jonathan Savell and the commander for the East Area, Paul Trevers, will be attending to listen to your concerns and to answer questions.

This event is organised by the LGBT+ Advisory Group to the Metropolitan Police. 

Following current Covid19 safety advice, this will be an online Zoom event.

Date: Monday 24th January, 6pm-7.30pm

This is online event on Zoom.

Please register on Eventbrite.

Tuesday, 4 January 2022

Crime reports statistics

We share a monthly summary of homophobic (HO) and transphobic (HT) crime reports in London. These are figures for incidents and offences reported to the Metropolitan Police. Also included is the sanction detection rate (SD) for these reported cases.

It should be stressed that here is evidence that there is significantly under-reporting of hate crimes. We are working to increase the number of reported crimes shown in these statistics by working with the police to increase public confidence in reporting.

The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) publishes statistics on all hate crimes in London on their Hate Crime Dashboard


The year started off with an elevated number of homophobic hate crimes. The COVID19 lockdown has reduced the number of reports. This has now risen back to pre-COVID levels.


    Tuesday, 23 November 2021

    Tuesday, 7 September 2021


    Hate incidents are incidents reported to the police but do not involve a criminal offence. Hate offences reported to the police are criminal offences which may also be a hate incident. Sanction detections are incidents or criminal offences "solved" or "actioned" in some way by the police.

    Thursday, 26 August 2021


    Murder in Tower Hamlets Park Cemetery 

    Update 26 August 2021

    We are assisting the MPS in the murder of Ranjith Kankanamalage (also known as Roy) in Tower Hamlets Park Cemetery.  
    We are making sure that LGBT+ issues are addressed in the investigation of this tragic death. We are also advising on the wider police response regarding safety in Tower Hamlets and the whole of London. 

    The police is treating this as a homophobic attack but remains open to other lines of inquiry.
    A man arrested on Friday 20th remains under investigation. The police has released an image of the victim and is urgently appealing for witnesses.

    Ranjith's body was found in the cemetery on the morning of August 16. The post mortem on Thursday concluded that the victim suffered blunt force trauma to the head.  The park remains closed for forensic investigation of the crime scene. 

    If you have any information, please contact the police, Crimestoppers or Galop. The investigation team is clear that they are only interested in information relevant to the case  and are not interested in any other activity in the park. The privacy of anyone coming forward with information will be respected.

    You can:
    Call the Incident Room direct on 0208 345 3865
    Call 101, or Tweet @MetCC quoting 1277/16. 
    Follow link:
    Use Crimestoppers anonymously: 0800 555 111.
    Contact the LGBT+ charity Galop for third-party confidential reporting

    See also the MPS press release.

    Saturday, 21 August 2021


    Murder in Tower Hamlets Park Cemetery

    We are assisting the MPS in the death of a man in Tower Hamlets Park Cemetery. 

    The victim was found dead in the cemetery on the morning of August 16. The post mortem on Thursday concluded that the victim suffered blunt force trauma to the head.  The police arrested  a man on Friday on suspicion of murder. The park remains closed for forensic investigation of the crime scene.

    The police is urgently appealing for information and witnesses. You can:
    Call the Incident Room direct on 0208 345 3865
    Call 101, or Tweet @MetCC quoting 1277/16. 
    Follow link:
    Use Crimestoppers anonymously: 0800 555 111.
    Contact the LGBT charity Galop for third-party confidential reporting

    See also the MPS press release.

    We are making sure that LGBT+ issues are addressed in the murder investigation as well as the wider police response regarding safety for our community.  

    Although it is not yet clear whether this specific case was motivated by homophobia, this murder has taken place in the background of increased number of incidents in the vicinity of cruising grounds. We have been working with local police and local LGBT+ networks to improve policing and to encourage personal safety. This tragic incident highlights the urgent need for this work.

    Friday, 13 August 2021

    Where to report LGBT+ Hate Crime and Other Hate Crime

     Community Alliance To Combat Hate (CATCH)
    CATCH is a group of charities working to end hate crime. They give specialist advice and help to people targeted with violence, abuse or harassment because of their race, religion, disability, sexuality or gender identity. CATCH is open to anyone experiencing hate in London. If you experienced a hate crime elsewhere, you can still get in touch.

    The partnership is commissioned by the Mayors Office Policing and Crime (MOPAC). CATCH is a way for people who have experienced hate to get the maximum amount of help with a minimum amount of hassle. The alliance is the first of its kind, bringing together community organisations from different hate crime strands. 

    Current partners:

    Galop provides advice and support to people who have experienced hate crime because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Hate crime can include verbal or written abuse, harassment and violence. Galop provides help to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people experiencing any type of abuse, so you can also get in touch if you have experienced domestic abuse, sexual violence, or any other safety problem.

    The Monitoring Group (TMG)
    An anti-racist charity that promotes civil rights. Provide a helpline and casework service to people experiencing racial violence, religious hatred, sexual violence and state neglect or misconduct. Leading exponent of family-led empowerment and justice campaigns in the UK. Some of these cases led to Public Judicial Inquiries and consequent changes in legislation, social policies and practices. Since the London Bombings, has worked with victim families of the carnage as well as Black Minority and Ethnic and Muslim groups and individuals affected by indiscriminate state-led policies in London, Midlands and the North.

    The Community Security Trust (CST)
    A Jewish charity that supports victims of antisemitism and records antisemitic hate incidents and hate crimes. CST received charitable status in 1994 and is a national organisation with full-time staff in London, Manchester and Leeds and a network of volunteers throughout the United Kingdom. Annual Antisemitic Incidents Report contains the only UK-wide statistics and analysis of antisemitic incidents and hate crimes. CST has extensive experience of advocacy and support for victims of antisemitic hate crime.

    Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks (MAMA) is a secure and reliable service that allows people from across England to report any form of Anti-Muslim abuse. You can do so via the Telephone, Email, SMS, Facebook or Twitter. Once they have your information secured, a trained caseworker will call to discuss the issue further and ensure they have all the details required to record the incident accurately, and offer support.

    Choice in Hackney
    Choice in Hackney supports people who have experienced disability hate crime, based on learning disability, mental health needs, physical disability and/or sensory impairment. They are a voluntary organisation, which provides Advocacy and Independent Living Services to disabled people in London. They support disabled people from all communities to obtain the services they need to live independently, with dignity and to make choices about their lifestyles.

    Stay Safe East
    Stay Safe East is a unique user-led organisation run by disabled people, providing specialist and holistic advocacy and support services to disabled people from diverse communities in London who are victims/survivors of domestic or sexual violence, hate crime, harassment and other forms of abuse.

    Real is a registered third party reporting centre, which means they have the skills and experience to assist you through the reporting process if you do not wish to report the crime directly to the police yourself. They will explain all the reporting options available to you, so you are in control of the choices you make. They can also refer you to Victim Support so you can receive the support you need to cope with emotional stress.