Hate crimes targeting mosques and other Muslim places of worship throughout the United Kingdom have more than doubled between 2016 and 2017.
According to a Press Association investigation, the British police forces recorder 110 hate crimes directed at mosques between March and July this year, up from just 47 over the same period in 2016.
Threats to “bomb the mosque” as well as racist abuse are among the hate crimes recorded by police forces. Offenders have also smashed windows on buildings and parked cars.
Other recorded crimes included offensive graffiti sprayed on to buildings, attacks on worshippers, two cases of arson and two cases of individuals leaving bacon on door handles at mosques.
Diane Abbot, the shadow home secretary, called the figures deeply troubling.
“Attacks on any religious group or minority are abominable,” she said, adding: “These anti-Muslim attacks will be condemned by all decent people.”
A number of terrorist attacks targeted Britain over the period in which the crimes were recorded at London Bridge, Westminster and Manchester. The attacks were claimed by ISIS.
“There should be a unanimous message that violence against any section of our society is unacceptable,” Abbot emphasized.