Mayor Sadiq launches drive to stop hate crime

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LONDON: An initiative to tackle violent extremism and a spike in hate crime was launched today in the wake of the most recent London Bridge murders.

A £800,000 partnership, funded equally by Google UK and City Hall, offers grassroots organisations up to £50,000 to counter hate and extremism.

Sadiq Khan unveiled the scheme at Google’s HQ after London hate crimes hit the highest level in six years. Figures from the Mayor’s office for policing and crime show 17,000 offences based on race or religion were reported last year, up 56 per cent on 2013. 

According to an Evening Standard report, about 561 suspected extremists were put on the Government’s most intensive de-radicalisation scheme last year. The London Bridge attacks in November, in which Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt died, were committed by convicted terrorist Usman Khan.