The London Paper: Steep rise in gay-hate crimes in London

David Allison, spokesman for gay rights group ­OutRage!, said: “These figures show that hate crimes are not something that you can just ignore. It suggests there is something wrong with society that people can’t tolerate each other.

“However, one has to bear in mind that a proportion of the increase is down to a greater willingness of gay people to report these crimes. “Previously, because they did not trust the police to investigate them, they thought there was no point.”