Friday, 22 April 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. 



HO/HT data



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

2022
2021

2020
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.

2019
    2018
    2017
    2016



    Friday, 1 April 2022

     

    IOPC close to decision on re-opening of investigation into the MPS handling of the Barking & Dagenham murders


    We have received an update from the IOPC (Independent Office for Police Conduct) regarding their investigation into the handling of the deaths of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor. 

    They have been considering re-opening their investigation in the light of the coroner's inquest that completed last December.  The LGBT+ Advisory Group has written to the IOPC in support of further investigation if new evidence has emerged from the coroner's inquest. 

    The team has completed their initial assessment. The assessment report will be sent to the relevant decision makers by the end of this week. They expect a decision to be made by Monday 21st March. 

    Because of this possible extension to their investigation, the IOPC have not made public their learning report and recommendations on this case. 



    [Update/1 April 2022]

    We have been informed that the "Initial Assessment" is complete and concluded there is "potential significant new information and potential material flaws in the original IPCC investigation". The IOPC is moving on to the next phase of "Review". 

    A new team leader and lead investigator have been appointed. They will assess whether it is necessary to consult with affected parties. The new team will then report to the regional director for a "Final Decision".

    We were not given a timeframe for the conclusion of these final phases.

    Thursday, 10 February 2022

     

    IOPC update on the investigation into the MPS handling of the Barking & Dagenham murders

    The IOPC regional director for London, Sal Naseem, attended our community meeting on 24th January on the deaths of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor. We asked him for an explanation of the process to decide whether to re-open the IOPC investigation into the MPS handling of the four murders. 

    We have received more details this week. [ Full letter ]

    The IOPC is aware that "some of the information coming to light was potentially new information". So, they have embarked on an "initial assessment" to see if there are "compelling reasons" to re-open the investigation. There are two criteria that must both be satisfied:

    The first criterion:

    (1a) There is significant new information that requires further investigation and a real possibility that the new information, had it been available, would have led wholly or partly to different decisions on discipline, performance and/or referral to the CPS;

    OR (1b) The original [IOPC] investigation was flawed in a manner which had a material impact on subsequent decisions on discipline, performance and/or referral to the CPS.

    The second criterion: 

    (2) It is necessary to require a reinvestigation in the public interest.

    They are at this "initial assessment" phase. They are unable to give a clear timescale for when this will be completed. 

    It is clear that the community is impatient for progress. The LGBT+ Advisory Group will continue to press them for updates.


    Wednesday, 2 February 2022

     

    IOPC finds discrimination, harassment and bullying at Charing Cross team

    IOPC has found discrimination, harassment and bullying involving officers predominantly based at Charing Cross Police Station. WhatApps messages were found to contain racist, misogynistic and homophobic comments. Officers were using `banter' to excuse unacceptable behaviour.

    Fourteen officers were investigated by the IOPC. 

    One officers was dismissed for gross misconduct. One other resigned before the end of the investigation. Four officers attended misconduct meetings where allegations of misconduct were proven against two officers. One received a written warning and one received no further action as they had already demonstrated performance improvements. Misconduct was not proven against the two other officers. Two officers were subject to unsatisfactory performance procedures. They attended a formal meeting to discuss their performance and appropriate action going forward. Two officers were subjected to reflective practice to improve their performance. The investigation found no case to answer for the remaining four officers.

    We are making it clear to the MPS, after the inquest into the Barking & Dagenham murders, this report further erodes the trust and confidence of the LGBT+ community in the Metropolitan Police. We are committed to working with the MPS to make sure lessons are learnt and actions are taken.

    More details at IOPC website: 

    https://www.policeconduct.gov.uk/recommendations/thematic-learning-issued-address-cultural-concerns-nine-linked-investigations–

    https://www.policeconduct.gov.uk/recommendations/operation-hotton-recommendations-metropolitan-police-service-september-2021

    Tuesday, 25 January 2022

     

    Barking & Dagenham murders: coroner publishes report

    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. 

    Her Honour Judge Sarah Munro QC has published her report on Action to Prevent Future Deaths (PFD report)

    The report gives a summary of the facts of the murder investigation and lists six Matters of Concern addressed to the Metropolitan Police, National Police Chiefs' Council, College of Policing and the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, covering

    • categorisation of suspicious, non-suspicious and unexplained deaths
    • interaction between specialist homicide investigators and local officers in determining ownership of investigation
    • leadership in responsibility over investigations of unexplained deaths
    • recording of investigation details on information systems
    • handwriting verification
    • need to verify identity of users of escort website
    Although the disciplinary action is not in the remit of the coroner's inquest, the coroner points out to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) that the inquest has "exposed failings which were not identified by the IOPC in their investigation"

    She also commends the IOPC report to upcoming reviews of the Metropolitan Police as containing a "valuable analysis of how assumptions, stereotyping and unconscious bias may have detrimentally affected the decision-making in these investigations and contributed to the failure to identify Stephen Port as a perpetrator sooner".

    The LGBT+ Advisory Group is committed to working with the Metropolitan Police to address these concerns.

    Friday, 21 January 2022

     

    Murder in Tower Hamlets Park Cemetery: New Arrest

    Update 21 January 2022


    A man has been arrested for the murder of Ranjith Kankanamalage in Tower Hamlets Park Cemetery. He will remain in custody.

    We hope this marks the start of achieving some justice for Ranjith, although we appreciate this can never bring him back.

    We have worked closely together with the borough commander, the homicide team, Tower Hamlets council and the local community over the course of this investigation. 

    We will continue to work with the police to make sure that LGBT+ people are safe in Tower Hamlets and in all of London and. We will ensure that the ramifications of this horrific incident are fully explored.


    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.

    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/east-london-inquest-community-meeting-tickets-244595410457

    Saturday, 1 January 2022