David Cameron on a visit to a Manchester mosque in 2013
ANTI-MUSLIM hate crimes will be recorded as a separate category by all police forces, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.
It comes as the government unveils new figures on hate crimes over the last year, which are expected to rise.
In the 2013/14 period, offences involving religious hatred rose by 45 per cent and race hate crime by four per cent in the aftermath of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in London in May 2013.
On Tuesday (13) the PM hosted the first meeting of a new Community Engagement Forum at Downing Street which brings together representatives of faiths including Islam from around the country.
He revealed he will provide new funding to improve security at religious buildings.
Speaking ahead of the meeting, Cameron said: “I want to build a national coalition to challenge and speak out against extremists and the poison they peddle.
“I want British Muslims to know we will back them to stand against those who spread hate and to counter the narrative which says Muslims do not feel British.
“And I want police to take more action against those who persecute others simply because of their religion.”
Home Secretary Theresa May said: “Hate crime has no place in Britain and I am determined to make further progress to ensure we can eradicate this deplorable act.
“Working with police to provide a breakdown in religious-based hate crime data will help forces to build community trust, target their resources and enable the public to hold them to account.”