Rise in homophobic hate crime around Bexley, with fears incidents still go unreported

Victims of homophobic and other LGBT+ hate crimes are not reporting the abuse they receive, a London politician claims.

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In 2016, Bexley saw a 73 per cent increase in the number of homophobic hate crimes reported to police – notably higher than the London average increase of 13 per cent.

The rise saw the number of crimes reported jump to 26 for the year – but Fiona Twycross feels the real number of victims could be higher.