Race Hate Crimes Against East And Southeast Asian People Have Quadrupled In Wake Of Coronavirus
Racist abuse towards Asian communities in Britain has rocketed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic figures obtained by HuffPost UK reveal.
Racially-aggravated assault, harassment and robbery are among the huge rises in hate crime against Southeast and East Asians recorded by the British Transport Police (BTP) and the Metropolitan Police, according to data gathered by freedom of information requests.
In February, 64 race hate crimes were recorded in London by the Met, up from 20 in January and the highest number since 2018.
In the first three month of 2020, BTP registered 42 race hate crimes even with the reduced use of transport stipulated by government advice, more than 400% of the levels recorded last year when there were nine.