Hate Crime Crisis Looming in Croydon

 

Religious hate crime has risen dramatically in Croydon compared with London

*       General faith hate up 94% (39.6%)

*       Islamophobia up 70% (56.6%)

Other forms of hate crime are also on the rise but at a lower level than London as a whole.

*       Racism 5.7% (17.5%)

*       Disability 91.3% (137.7%)

Finally transgender trade is up 50% slightly higher than London (42.3%).

These shocking figures in a Borough that prides itself on its diversity were revealed by retiring Borough Police Commander Andy Tarrant at the Victim Support Hate Crime Conference on 21 October held in Braithwaite Hall.

In the discussion I expressed concern about this rise stressing that although Croydon has diverse groups too many live in their own silos with no real interconnection with each other. The situation is likely to become worse with the continuing Government cuts to Council and other services, the tensions that are rising from the growth of Croydon and its population, and the stresses created by growing inequalities leading people to express their frustration through hatred of other groups.

Child Refugees From Calais

refugee-welcome

The situation could become worse with negative reactions by some people to the arrival of child refugees in Croydon from Calais. Fortunately others have welcomed them.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/calais-jungle-unaccompanied-teenagers-croydon-migrants-refugee-camp-crisis-a7365856.html

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2016/oct/20/others-may-stoke-fear-but-croydon-will-embrace-the-calais-children

Tarrant also said that hate crime was significantly under reported so the problem may be greater than the statistics suggest. It has been on the increase since BREXIT.

Other Crime

This is set against a background of general crime in Croydon with The Croydon Advertiser highlighting the 10 area hot spots:

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/revealed-the-25-most-dangerous-places-to-live-in-croydon

There are two events in November which give those concerned with this alarming trend in hate crime to try and shape the future of how the police, the Council and the community respond.

1 November. Closing date for Safer Croydon Partnership’s consultation on a new community safety strategy starting next April.

The Partnership wants to hear our views about what we think should be included. It would also like to know how you would like us to communicate with you about crime prevention & safety. The Partnership comprises police, council, fire, probation and health agencies, businesses, community and voluntary sector organisations.

You can see the current strategy here

To take part in the survey go to

https://getinvolved.croydon.gov.uk/KMS/DMart.aspx

However, it you want to submit more detailed views it looks like you will have to email Cllr Hamida Ali, Cabinet Member of Communities, Safety & Justice and Chair of Stronger Communities Partnership, directly at hamida.ali@croydon.gov.uk.

15 November. 10am-12 noon. Croydon Voluntary Sector Alliance on Equalities (Hate Crime) and Commissioning (Community Fund and Live Well Alliance)

Cllr Hamida Ali, and Anita Brako, Public Health, will be presenting.

Please reserve your place at

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cvsa-meeting-equalities-and-commissioning-tickets-28603886996

Previous Discussion

I discussed some of the issues 2 years ago in

http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/seminar-report-caring-children-combating-hate

For a discussion on crime in general in Croydon see my submission to the Fairness & Opportunity Commission at

file:///C:/Users/Sean/Downloads/crime-in-croydon-from-sean-creighton.pdf

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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