Crimes against religious leaders are creeping upwards

Magistrates Court sign-2Attacks on religion leaders have increased slowly but steadily in the past 4 year.

In 2015 the Metropolitan Police recorded 44 crimes against people whose occupation was listed as vicar or priest.  The Met points out that priest is used to cover religious figures of all faiths as there is no separate listing in its system for imam or rabbi.

The figures disclosed in response to a Freedom of Information request show that in 2012 the number of crimes against clergy was less than half that of last year.

Of the 44 crimes in 2015, 38 were offences categorized as violence against the person. There were 24 cased of harassment – the most common offence – and 14 cases of assault, 2 of them causing grievous bodily harm.

The data shows that these offences of violence have increased over 4 years while other categories, including robbery or sexual offence have remained stable.

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The capital is the most religious region of Britain

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Religious Faith in London: Non-believers

As previously reported by Urbs, London is the most religious region of Britain with three quarters of the population describing themselves as having a religious faith.

The biggest changes over the past decade have been the decline in Christianity to below 50% and the rise in non-believers. In 2006 16% said they had no religious faith. In 2014 that had climbed to 25%.

Non-believers are spread across the capital. The highest proportion is in Islington, but lack of religious belief is above 30% in most central boroughs.

Newham in the east has the fewest non-believers. The borough has one of the largest Muslim populations in the capital and a high proportion of Christians.

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Religious Faith in London: Christians

Religious Faith in London: Muslims

Religious Faith in London: Hindus

Religious Faith in London: Jews

Religious Faith in London: Sikhs

Religious Faith in London: Buddhists

 

Religious Faith in London: Buddhists

A little over 85,000 people in London classify themselves as Buddhists, according to the last census. Although just 1% of the population of the capital is Buddhist, this is double the rate for Britain as a whole.

Buddhists are spread throughout the boroughs of London but the largest numbers are in a line through Barnet, Camden and Westminster.  Greenwich also has a sizeable Buddhist community.

Religion Buddhists

London was the location for the first Buddhist temple to be  built in the UK, the Wat Buddhapadipa in Wimbledon. One of the most recognizable riverside landmarks in the city is the Peace Pagoda that looks out over the Thames in Battersea Park, which was a gift from a Japanese Buddhist order.

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The capital is the most religious region of Britain

Religious Faith in London: Christians

Religious Faith in London: Muslims

Religious Faith in London: Hindus

Religious Faith in London: Sikhs

Religious Faith in London: Jews

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Religious Faith in London: Sikhs

Just over 1% of Londoners identify themselves as Sikhs, that’s around 100,000 people.

They are heavily concentrated in Hillingdon and Hounslow with significant numbers in Ealing as well. The Sikh community is highly focused on these 3 West London boroughs and there are no Sikhs registered as living in neighbouring  Hammersmith and Fulham.

On the opposite side of London Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham also have established Sikh communities.

Religions sikhs

The proportion of Sikhs in the capital has been largely unchanged for the past 10 years, according to the National Office for Statistics. In the same time there has been a growth in the number of people who say they have no belief but, as reported by Urbs, London is still the most religious region of Britain.

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Religious Faith in London: Christians

Religious Faith in London: Muslims

Religious Faith in London: Hindus

Religious Faith in London: Jews

Religious Faith in London: Buddhists

Religious Faith in London: Non-believers

Religious Faith in London: Jews

The Jewish community is long established in North London with the largest proportion in Barnet and sizeable numbers in the neighbouring boroughs of Harrow and Camden, plus the Stamford Hill area of Hackney.

There are a little over 170,000 Jews in London, that’s around 2% of the population.

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that proportion of Jews in the population has been stable for the past 10 years. In the same time there has been a growth in the number of people who say they have no belief but, as reported by Urbs, London is still the most religious region of Britain.

Religions Jews

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Religious Faith in London: Christians

Religious Faith in London: Muslims

Religious Faith in London: Hindus

Religious Faith in London: Sikhs

Religious Faith in London: Buddhists

Religious Faith in London: Non-believers

 

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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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

 

 

Religious Faith in London: Muslims

Islam has grown in London in the past 10 years. 14% of Londoners describe themselves as Muslims compared to 12% in 2006. Over the same period Christianity has declined while other faiths have remained stable. But, as previously reported by Urbs, London remains the most religious region of the UK

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that London has a higher proportion of Muslims than Britain generally, 14% compared to 5%.  That’s about 1.1 million people.

The East London boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham have by far the largest numbers of Muslims. 45% of the population of Tower Hamlets and 40% of the population of Newham is Muslim. Tower Hamlets has the largest Bangladeshi community in the capital and Newham is home to one of the largest concentration of Pakistan-born Londoners.

There are far fewer Muslims south of the river.

Muslims in London

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Religious Faith in London: Hindus

Religious Faith in London: Sikhs

Religious Faith in London: Jews

Religious Faith in London: Buddhists

Religious Faith in London: Non-believers

The capital is the most religious region of Britain

 

Religious Faith in London: Christians

The Christian population of London has declined to 49% from 61% 10 years ago. This means that a little under 4.2 million people describe themselves as Christian.

London is the only region in the UK where fewer than 50% define themselves as Christian.

Christian in UK

Despite this decline in Christianity London remains the most religious region of the UK when all religions are included, as previously reported by Urbs.

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that Christians are quite evenly spread throughout the capital. The outer borough of Bexley has the highest proportion. The lowest rate is in Tower Hamlets, which has the highest proportion of Muslims in the capital.

Christian in London

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Religous Faith in London: Hindus

Religious Faith in London: Jews

Religious Faith in London: Sikhs

Religious Faith in London: Buddhists

Religious Faith in London: Non-believers

The capital is the most religious region of Britain

 

The capital is the most religious region of Britain

Westminster Abbey interiroLondon is the most religious place in Britain with 75% of the population having some form of belief. But it is the only region of the country where Christians make up less than half of the population.

Across the country an average of 68% of people have religious faith, according to data from the Office of National Statistics. After London, the North West of England is most God-fearing, and the least religious region is Scotland.

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London’s Christian population currently stands at 49%, down from 61% in 2006. The capital has a higher proportion of people of other faiths. Muslims make up 14% of the population compared to 5% nationally. Other faiths are also more common in the capital.

Religion proportions

While Islam has grown a little in London, from 12% to 14% of the population since 2006, other religions groups – Hindu, Sikh, Jewish, and Buddhist – have remained more or less stable. The biggest change in faith in London is in people losing it.

Religion London

In 2006 16% said that they had no religions belief. In 2014 that had increased to 25%.

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Religous Faith in London: Christians

Religous Faith in London: Muslims

Religious Faith in London: Hindus

Religious Faith in London: Jews

Religious Faith in London: Sikhs

Religious Faith in London: Buddhists

Religious Faith in London: Non-believers