We stand together

Merton is one of the safest boroughs in London, benefiting from a strong working relationship between the council, police, faith groups through the council’s faith and belief forum, and other partner organisations.

Since the tragic events over the last three months, (Westminster attack on 22 March, Manchester on 22 May, and London Bridge on 3 June) a number of police forces are reporting an increase in certain hate crimes.

It is at times like this when we all need to pull together, support and look out for each other in our precious diverse and democratic society.

Merton has not seen any discernible increase in Islamophobic or faith crime and no community tensions have been reported since the Manchester and London attacks.

There is no place for hate crime anywhere, especially in Merton. The council, police and partners including faith groups work continuously to help ensure the borough is a safe place for all and that there is support available for those who need it.

Chief executive of Merton Council Ged Curran said: “Our work with the police and our other public sector and voluntary sector partners is invaluable in creating a safe borough where people can live peacefully together. We will continue this work and ensure that, where needed, there are people to support those who suffer hate crime.”

Borough Commander Chief Superintendent Steve Wallace said: “We always encourage people from all communities to report of hate* crimes and these are reviewed daily. Where appropriate, we always seek to prosecute those guilty of these crimes.”

Chair of the Hate Crime Strategy Group, Lyla Adwan-Kamara said: “We are a group of local organisations working alongside the council and police to tackle hate crime. We would really encourage people who experience or witness a hate crime to speak out. There is support available to help you make a report if you need it.”

*The Metropolitan Police Service definition of a Hate Crime is “Any incident that is perceived by the victim or any other person to be racist, homophobic, transphobic, or due to a person’s religion, belief, gender identity or disability”. The MPS definition of Hate Crime includes incidents flagged as Domestic Abuse. Multiple Hate Crime flags may be applied to the same record.

You can report incidents to the police directly:

Online

In an emergency call 999

Non-emergency call 101

You can also use True Vision, which provides information about hate crime and how to report it.

Those who suffer domestic violence can contact the council’s One Stop Shop for advice and support.