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Transphobic crime up 25% in London, Met says

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A 25% increase in hate crimes against transgender people has been recorded in London this year, according to figures released by the Met Police.

In the year to October 2015, 135 transgender hate offences were recorded, compared with 108 last year.

The Met said the rise was partly explained by more people reporting such crimes, and urged any victims of transphobia to come forward.

One London-based LGBT charity said the real number of offences was higher.

The Met figures also show that homophobic crime has risen by 21% - from 1,421 offences in 2014 to 1,724 in 2015.

Melanie Stray, from LGBT charity Galop, told the BBC this type of crime was still being underreported.

'Not tolerable'

She said: "The figures that are being reported in London in a year, we have clients that experience that themselves in a year.

"I think it's the everyday stuff that happens - people couldn't report all of it because they'd spend their lives speaking to the police."

Commander Mark Chishty from the Met stressed the need for victims to contact the police in every instance, saying: "However mundane you think it is, it's very serious to us.

"It's important that we tackle this so we start curbing this type of behaviour within society - it's not tolerable, it's not part of our values and we want to deal with it."

The Met recently formed a special hate crime senior partnership group between the police and community representatives, working alongside its dedicated LGBT Liaison Officers.

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