Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Homophobic crime reports statistics

We share a monthly summary of homophobic 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 there are large fluctuations in the monthly figures in each borough. There is evidence that there is significantly under-reporting of homophobic 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.


Reporting Sexual Violence

The #StephenPort case highlights the importance of and the sensitivities of reporting sexual violence. There are many LGBT agencies who can help.
If you are the victim of sexual violence, you can report it to the police. If you feel uncomfortable discussing the specific circumstances with the police, you can talk to agencies that support LGBT people such as Galop, Camden LGBT Forum and other local LGBT agencies. London Friend can also help with issues with drugs and alcohol. 56 Dean Street can help with sexual health.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Stephen Port Trial Begins 

The trial of Stephen Port has started this week. He has been charged with the murder of four men in Barking & Dagenham. He has also been charged with multiple counts of poisoning, rape and other sexual offences. 

We have been working closely with the Metropolitan Police during the murder investigation.  We will continue to work with them to make sure that lessons are learnt. 

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Policing Challenges: Faith, Race and the LGBT Community

Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm Wednesday 30th June 2016
Place: New Scotland Yard, Broadway, London SW1H 0BG

by using the online registration form.

The LGBT Advisory Group to the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is organising a community meeting on policing challenges in in a diverse multicultural city. We will focus on how faith and race have an impact on LGBT people in London.

The audience will include MPS officers, London LGBT groups and people with experience working in these issues.

We hope we can
- raise awareness about policing issues concerning faith and race from an LGBT perspective
- share experience and best practice with agencies supporting LGBT people in this area

If you have any queries, please contact us by email at communitymeeting@lgbtag.org.uk or by phone on 07947 160111.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Stakeholders Meeting to discuss Barking deaths

The LGBT Advisory Group has been working with the Metropolitan Police (MPS) on LGBT issues related to the four deaths in Barking.  We understand that this case may have a serious impact on community confidence in the police. We have worked with MPS to organise a meeting so that our concerns can be heard.

I would like to invite you to the first of these meetings which will be a pan-London Stakeholders Meeting targeted at community agencies and forums who have been interested in LGBT policing issues. (There will also be a public meeting later in November aimed at a wider audience.)

Venue: New Scotland Yard
Date: Wednesday 11 November
Time: 6.30pm (please arrive by 6.10pm as security clearance to the building takes time)

At the meeting, the MPS will be represented by the borough commander for Barking & Dagenham and the Senior Investigating Officer from the Homicide Command.

The MPS has made a voluntary referral to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to investigate the initial handling of the four deaths. A representative from IPCC has been invited.

Please register by filling in the form on the following link:  http://goo.gl/forms/yftfYkTFbC

Due to the short timescale we have had to arrange this meeting, the venue has limited capacity. Please register by noon on Tuesday 10 November.

For security reasons, access to the building requires verification by photo ID which means either a photo driving licence or a passport. (Originals are required.) We can make a special arrangement if you cannot provide either of these forms of ID, but please indicate this on the registration form. (In particular, we appreciate that this can be an issue for some members of the transgender community.)

Aims of Meeting  
  • To enable LGBT stakeholders concerned with community safety to be briefed, within the constraints of a live investigation and an IPPC review.
  • To allow MPS senior management to hear and respond to community concerns with as much reassurance as possible.
  • To identify institutional-level confidence issues,  and learning opportunities beyond those to do with the direct handling of the operation itself.
  • To identify broader policing or community safety policy areas arising from these events
  • To identify issues of concern within the LGBT community that are raised by the events and publicity. 

Topics will include
1) Homicide investigation. (Due to the fact that this is an ongoing investigation and the case is sub judice, the police will be very limited in what can discussed regarding the investigation itself.)

2) IPCC review process
3) Total Victim care - includes current processes and discussion of issues of barriers/outreach
4) Broader community or policing issues

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Deaths in Barking

A man in Barking, Stephen Port, has been arrested last weekend and charged with four counts of murder concerning the deaths of four men in their 20s. Port has not been bailed and will remain in custody. He appeared in the Old Bailey today and the trial is likely to be in April 2016.

The LGBT Advisory Group has been advising the MPS since last Thursday when the police began to suspect a link among the four deaths in Barking. We are actively working with both the borough police and the Homicide Command.

We have been helping the police with LGBT-related issues around the investigation of the four deaths. We are also helping the MPS address the wider implications that arise from this case, including care for victims of sexual assault. We are working with the MPS to establish further community channels for people who may be affected by this case or other similar cases, including referral to agencies who can provide support and anonymous reporting.

We recognise that this case has a serious impact on community confidence in the MPS. We welcome the voluntary referral by the MPS to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

From the MPS witness appeal:

Anyone with information can contact the Met’s incident room on 020 8358 0400, or you can anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
If you don’t wish to speak to the police, you can contact hate crime charity Galop via their website or on 020 7704 2040.