The number of reported homophobic crimes in London has increased by nearly a fifth over the past year, figures from Scotland Yard reveal. The news comes as police hunting the killers of a gay man who died after being attacked in London made three arrests.
According to the statistics, 1,192 homophobic offences were recorded in the 12 months to September this year, compared with 1,008 in the same period last year. That shows a rise of 18.3%. In July this year, the Metropolitan police commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson, expressed his concern at the rising number of homophobic crimes in the capital, but said the police “have improved what we do dramatically”. Scotland Yard said it saw the increase as “a positive sign” that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people were far more comfortable about reporting abuse to the police.