Decision Maker Response

Boris Johnson’s response

Jan 12, 2016 — Dear Petitioner

Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about incidents on the 206 bus in Brent and the 149 bus in Tottenham in October.

The Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) immediately referred these issues to Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

Regarding the incident on the 206 bus, a woman was arrested and charged by the MPS in connection with this incident. The individual pleaded guilty to causing racially/religiously aggravated intentional harassment/alarm/distress, contrary to section 31(1)(b) and (4) of the Crime and Disorder Act on 1998 at Court on Monday 19 October and appeared at Hendon Magistrates’ Court on Friday 13 November for sentencing. The individual was given a suspended custodial sentence of 16 weeks for racially aggravated intentional harassment.

Regarding the incident on the 149 bus, a man was also arrested and charged by the MPS in connection with this incident. We understand that the individual pleaded guilty to causing racially/religiously aggravated intentional harassment/alarm/distress, contrary to section 31(1)(b) and (4) of the Crime and Disorder Act on 1998 at Court on Wednesday 21 October and was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment on 5 November at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court.

London thrives on diversity and its global reputation as a place where people can live their lives without fear of prejudice and hatred. The Mayor takes hate crime very seriously and, as part of his commitment to driving down all hate crime, the Mayor committed to work with London’s diverse communities to develop an effective strategy.

In December 2014, the Mayor’s Hate Crime Reduction Strategy for London was unveiled. The strategy has three clear objectives: to boost confidence and increase the reporting of hate crime; to prevent hate crime and reduce repeat victimisation; and, in improving the authorities’ ability to respond effectively, to ensure swift and secure justice for hate crime victims. MOPAC continues to work with the police, criminal justice partners and community organisations to fulfil these objectives, and it is pleasing to see that the police and courts acted promptly in these specific cases.

As part of a broader response to supporting victims of crime, MOPAC has invested over £2.2m to ensure an enhanced response to high priority victims, including those targeted for hate crime, and to also directly support service delivery for the victims of hate crime and capacity building within the VCSE (voluntary, community and social enterprise) sector in London.

You can view the Hate Crime Strategy for London, along with information about all our hate crime work, on the MOPAC section of City Hall’s website through the following link https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/mayors-office-policing-and-crime-mopac/mayors-mission/hate-crime.

Yours sincerely

Public Liaison Officer
Greater London Authority