Religious Faith in London: Hindus

5% of Londoners, that’s 427,000 people, describe themselves as Hindu and they are largely concentrated in North West London boroughs. The highest proportion is in Harrow. These areas are home to the largest proportion of Indian-born Londoners.

Redbridge in the east of the city also has a significant proportion. Lambeth has the lowest rate of Hindus in the population.

According to figures from the Office for National Statistics, the number of Hindus in London has remained more or less stable over the past 10 years.  While the number of people with no faith has increased London still remains the most religious region of Britain, as reported by Urbs.

Religion Hindu

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See also

Religious Faith in London: Christians

Religious Faith in London: Muslims

Religious Faith in London: Jews

Religious Faith in London: Sikhs

Religious Faith in London: Buddhists

Religious Faith in London: Non-believers



Mapping Londoners: Born in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka and the UK have a connected history from the days of the empire, and those born on the Indian Ocean island have been coming to live here since the time the British called it Ceylon.

Most of the Sri Lankan born people in the UK live in London, and the largest number is in Harrow. Of the 85,000 Sri Lankan-born Londoners over 70,000 are to be found in Outer London. In addition to Harrow, Brent, Ealing and Redbridge also have significant numbers.

They are London’s 10th biggest group by place of birth.

Born in Sri Lanka

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Where 22,000 cars were stolen in the capital last year

dreamstime_s_27170312Wandsworth is the car crime capital coming top of the list of the 32 boroughs where a total of 22,000 cars were stolen last year.  Wandsworth wins the accolade only narrowly as car theft is spread quite evenly across the city and only 5 boroughs have fewer than 500 cars stolen. In comparison, cycle theft is far more focused on central areas, perhaps reflecting  a higher number of inner city cyclists and where commuters leave their bikes for the day.

Data from the Metropolitan Police for the 12 months to March 2015 shows that car theft went up by 8% on the previous 12 months. 1,052 cars were taken in Wandsworth, and Newham was just 5 cars behind. But, as our map shows, the pattern of theft was quite evenly spread with a few more dark areas in the east than west.

Car theft

Lowest levels were in the south west but the safest place to park a car was Harrow, with just 195 taken in the period.

Bike theft is focused on the centre of the city. 17,300 cycles were stolen in the 12 months to March 2015, a fall of 7%.  Westminster was the most likely place to lose you bike, with 1,296 taken followed by Hackney with 1,282 stolen cycles. These 2 boroughs, plus Camden, Islington, Tower Hamlets, Southwark and Lambeth form a central ring that accounted for nearly half the cycle thefts.

Bike theft

After these areas the most worrying place to park your bike in a rack were the western boroughs of Wandsworth, Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham.

The outlying boroughs of Havering and Bexley saw the lowest bike theft figures.

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Traffic constant, profits up – a congestion charge story

House price rises fuel affordability crisis for Londoners

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House price increases in London continue to outpace the rest of the UK. Latest data from the Land Registry shows that prices rose by 10.9% in the year to April and by 2.3% in that month alone.

In some parts of London rises are even higher. Over 12 months prices went up in Newham by 17.2%, 16.3% in Enfield and 16% in Bromley and Harrow.

While estate agents or anyone selling up and leaving the capital may be rubbing their hands the rises add to the huge problem of affordability of homes for people in London.

Urbs has looked at the data on the ratio of house prices to earnings. Using figures from the Land Registry and the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings the government produces an index of housing affordability. The house price to earnings ratio for England is 7.1. In London it is 57% higher at 11.1.

Home affordabilty chart

The index measures the median price of a home against the median level of earnings. (Median, for those not familiar with the term, is the midpoint in a set of numbers and is different from the average).

Every London borough is above the level for England as a whole, and there are some wide variations across the capital. The boroughs seeing the greatest house price inflation in this month’s Land Registry figures – Newham and Enfield – are at the lower end of the index. The eastern boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Bexley have the lowest level in London.

Home affordabilty map

The ratio for Kensington and Chelsea is more than twice the London level and nearly 4 times the national rate, underlining how property prices in the borough are out of line with the income of the majority of people who live there. The ratio is also high in central areas of Westminster, City and Camden, and in Hammersmith and Fulham in the west.

Land Registry data   Housing Affordability Index data

See also:

Booming population will struggle to find a place to live

London house prices more than 100% higher than rest of UK

Rents rise by 31% in 10 years

Police Taser some young and elderly, and firing is up steeply in some areas

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The Metropolitan Police says that its officers have fired Tasers at 2 children aged 14, and 11 elderly people in the past 2 years.

The details were revealed in a response to a Freedom of Information request from the leader of the Conservatives on the Greater London Assembly, Andrew Boff.   The details from the Met also show it aimed but did not fire Tasers in 29 other incidents involving people over 60, including 2 people who were 85.

Andrew Boff called the use of the electronic stun guns on the young and elderly “questionable” and has suggested that Tasers be linked to body-worn camera to record incidents.

Despite some controversy about the ages of people involved in these incidents Taser use by the Met has gone down. In 2013 Tasers were fired 248 times. In 2014 it was 216. But data from the Met shows a change in the pattern of use across the capital.

In 2013 the spread of firing incidents was broadly even. In 2014 Lambeth had almost twice the number of firing incidents of any other borough. There have been steep rises in use in Barnet, (1 in 2013 to 14 in 2014) and Redbridge (7 in 2013, 13 in 2014). Harrow and Richmond had no Taser firings.

Taser map

Tasers were first introduced by the Met in 2004 and 2,000 officers are trained and equipped to use them. The devices fire 2 darts carrying an electrical charge of up to 50,000 volts, which temporarily incapacitates its victim. The Met says that every use of a Taser is reported and scrutinised and officers are individually accountable under law for the level of force they use.

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Crime Report: Harrow

Harrow has the lowest crime rate of all the 32 London boroughs. Data from the Metropolitan Police shows that there were 12,300 crimes committed in the year to March 2015, giving the borough a rate of 49 crimes per 1000 residents. This is 40% below the London average of 81.

Every recorded category of crime is below the London average level.

Crime report Harrow

While there were 94 rapes in the borough during the period, that is 36% below the wider city average.

Some crime categories were extremely low. There were 130 cycle thefts, for example, which is a quarter of the London-wide levels.

There were 2 murders in Harrow during the period.

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Crime map shows inner-outer divide

More than 700,000 crimes were committed in London in the past year. Urbs has constructed a map to show how crime is distributed across the capital, revealing the clear difference between inner and outer London.

Crime map

The average crime rate across the boroughs is 81 offences per 1000 people. The rate peaks in Westminster at 205 per 1000, but that is to be expected with all the workers, shoppers, tourists and revelers drawn to the area.

Camden, and Kensington and Chelsea have the highest rates after Westminster. In all the boroughs defined as inner London, except Wandsworth and Lewisham, crime is above the average rate. In all the outer boroughs it is below. Some of the outermost boroughs, such as Harrow, Bexley, Richmond and Sutton saw the lowest rates.

On Urbs London you’ll find more detailed breakdowns of the key crime statistics in each borough and how the distribution of certain offences differs across the capital. (See here)


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Sexual infection map shows problems for Lambeth and Southwark

Lambeth and Southwark have the highest rates of sexually transmitted infections in London.  Data from Public Health England shows the two south London boroughs have substantially more cases of both syphilis and gonorrhoea than other areas.

Lambeth has 91 cases of syphilis per 100,000 people. Southwark has 82.  In neighbouring Wandsworth it is 22 and in Merton 11.  The lowest incidence is in Havering and Harrow with just 2 cases per 100,000.  The darker colours on the borough map of London represent the highest rates of infection.

The picture is similar for cases of gornorrhoea.  In Lambeth there are 155 cases per 100,000 people.  In Southwark it is 398 and in Hackney 351. The average for London is 155 but some boroughs have a fraction of that number.

The rate of STIs is 3 times higher in London that it is for England as a whole.

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Fall in assaults makes city safer

hLondon is becoming a safer city.  There has been a 40% drop in assaults where an ambulance was called to deal with injuries in the last 4 years. The past year alone has seen a 20% reduction.

Data from the London Ambulance Service shows that in the year ending February 2015 ambulance crews and paramedics attended 26,000 calls to treat assault injuries. In 2011 it was 46,000 incidents.  Assaults on women and teenagers are falling in line with the general trend.

There are also fewer incidents involving weapons. Gun shot injuries are down 50% over 4 years.  Knife crime saw dramatic falls between 2011 and 2013 but has gone back up a little in recent months.  In the year ending February 2015 there were 1,500 knife wounding incidents dealt with by the ambulance service.


The assault figures are down in every borough. Harrow has seen the most significant improvement where the fall is 37%.  In Tower Hamlets it is 14%.  In attacks on teenagers, seen as a particularly vulnerable group, there is good news across the city, except in Greenwich, where the numbers were slightly up.

The data on knife injuries shows a less uniform picture. Lambeth and Southwark have the highest number but there’s been a reduction in the past twelve months.  Hackney and Haringey also have significant numbers and the rate there has increased.


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Note: The data is based on retrospective reporting by ambulance crews/paramedics and 999 call handlers of incidents where they judged an assault had taken place.

Breast cancer screening lag

Breast cancer scan copyBreast cancer screening rates for London remain below the national average in England for the fifth year in a row. Data analysis by Urbs shows that 68.9% of eligible women aged 53-70 were screened last year. But that’s 9% below the rate for England as a whole.

London has managed to close the gap over the past five years. In 2007-08 London lagged 16% behind the national average.

The data is collected at borough level and shows a clear division in the capital between the performance of inner and outer London. The four best performing boroughs of Havering, Bexley, Bromley, Harrow all beat the average rate for England. The nine worse performing boroughs were all inner city. Islington came bottom, 24% below national average, followed by Kensington and Chelsea, 22% lower.

Islington’s performance has dropped year-on-year by 15%. During the same period the number of eligible women fell by 2%. Lewisham, Sutton, Croydon, Merton and Kingston also saw a drop in their year-on-year figures but all saw some increase in the numbers of eligible women.

671,463 women in London were eligible for breast cancer screening in 2014. Women aged 50-70 are offered the service as they are seen as the highest risk group who can benefit most through screening.

During the process a radiographer creates a special kind of X-ray called a mammogram, where an image of the breast is created by passing very low dose x-rays through the breast tissue.

In a study in 2011 Cancer Research UK estimated that screening saves the lives of approximately 1,300 women each year.

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More information about breast cancer here.