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Barely 3% of Britain’s most powerful and influential people are from black and minority ethnic groups, according to a broad new analysis that highlights startling inequality despite decades of legislation to address discrimination. From a list of just over 1,000 of the UK’s top political, financial, judicial, cultural and security figures drawn up by the Guardian in partnership with Operation Black Vote and in consultation with academics, only 36 (3.4%) were from ethnic minorities (BAME)....

Race hate crime against police officers in London rose by more than 50% in two years, new figures have revealed. A total of 667 police officers were victims of racist or religious hate crimes in 2016/17, up from 428 in 2014/15, a BBC Freedom of Information request has shown. The Metropolitan Police Federation said the 56% increase was "abhorrent".

The Met Police said it was committed to prosecuting those that abuse its officers in this manner. A total of 4,215 officers employed by the...

U.K. police launched a hate crime investigation after anonymous letters threatening acid attacks were sent to Muslim homes in Bradford. The threatening messages contained images of a sword and St. George's flag, and read: "Kill scum Muslim." The letter questioned why Muslim women wore burkas, then vowed to "do acid attacks on anyone who wears the funny black masks around your square & Bradford & other places." The letter also said that three supposedly Muslim men, who it called "...

Muslims in the U.K. are "less likely to succeed in the labor market than any other faith group", a report published by a government commission said Thursday. Research released by the Social Mobility Commission said: "Young Muslims living in the U.K. face an enormous social mobility challenge and are being held back from reaching their full potential at every stage of their lives."

The report uncovers some "significant barriers to improved social mobility from school through university...

Four active duty members of the British Army have been arrested, under the country's anti-terror laws, on alleged involvement in a banned neo-nazi group. Along with a fifth person, a civilian, they are suspected of being members of National Action, the first far-right group to be banned in the U.K. for promoting violence and terrorist acts, reports BBC News. Police said that no public safety threat was involved. "We can confirm that a number of serving members of the Army have been arrested...

G4S has suspended nine members of staff from an immigration removal centre near Gatwick Airport, following a BBC Panorama undercover investigation. The programme says it has covert footage recorded at Brook House showing officers "mocking, abusing and assaulting" people being held there. It says it has seen "widespread self-harm and attempted suicides" in the centre, and that drug use is "rife".

G4S said it is aware of the claims and "immediately" began an investigation. The security...

In March, a five-year-old girl was taken from her mother’s care by police in east London and placed into foster care on an emergency basis. On Monday, claims that the child was a “white Christian” and had been left distressed after being placed with a Muslim family became the focus of a political and media storm. But as the week unfolded, and the newsprint dedicated to the dispute mounted, it became clear that the initial portrayal of the case was one-sided, if not inaccurate.

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Sukhi Rayat, of Fishponds Road, parked his BMW X1 in his yard and got out to have about a dozen armed officers with dogs suddenly rush in, push him against the wall of his house and put him in handcuffs. “I’d been sitting in my car for a minute because I was calling the company I lease it from,” Mr Rayat told the Comet in his living room this afternoon. “As soon as I stepped out, police came out of nowhere with the dogs and rifles and everything. It was like something you’d see on TV.”...

More than 100 British members of the parliament signed a letter Tuesday condemning an article in The Sun tabloid for using "Nazi-like terminology" regarding the U.K.'s Muslim community. In the end of the column, writer Trevor Kavanagh asked readers: "What do we do about The Muslim Problem," which resembled the Nazi references to the "The Jewish Problem" in 20th century. According to Kavanagh, Islam was the "one unspoken fear" that united the U.K. and Europe, but this fear was not articulated...

Modern slavery and human trafficking are more prevalent across Britain than previously thought as more international gangs realize they can make significant sums from it, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said on Thursday. The NCA said there were 300 live police operations into forced labor, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude, problems which it said affected every large town and city across the country. "We've been shocked by the extent of it," Will Kerr, the NCA's officer in charge of...

A convicted child rapist was controversially paid nearly £10,000 by police to spy on the network of men who were sexually abusing young women and girls in Newcastle, it can now be reported. The court was told that Northumbria police paid the man, referred to as XY, £9,680 over 21 months to find out about the times and whereabouts of parties where girls were being plied with drugs and alcohol.

The revelation has prompted criticism from child protection groups, with the NSPCC saying...

Refugee children could be permanently separated from their families unless the government includes family reunification in post-Brexit immigration law, the head of Unicef UK has warned. The global charity’s UK boss, Mike Penrose, urged the government to commit to including wider family reunification rights in new immigration laws for when the UK leaves the EU.

Refugees currently have the rights to be reunited with extended family members under the EU’s Dublin III regulation. However,...

The UK should double the amount of refugees it takes in under resettlement programmes, the United Nations has urged. A senior official at the UN's refugee agency said accepting around 10,000 refugees a year would be a "step change" for the UK.

Volker Turk, assistant commissioner at the UN High Commission for Refugees, said there was a need for countries around the world to "step up" to address the crisis. The Government has committed to take in 20,000 refugees by 2020 under a scheme...

A man has been sentenced for threatening to blow up an Islamic bookshop in London and “kill all the Muslims”. David Moffatt, 39, pleaded guilty to religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm and distress at Willesden Magistrates’ Court. Police said they were called to the shop, in Cricklewood, on 23 May by staff who said a man had “threatened to blow the bookshop up and ‘kill the Muslims’.”

The suspect left the shop after making the threats but witnesses described him wearing...

A Muslim couple remained calm and composed in the face of a tirade of racist abuse which was caught on film at a supermarket in west London. As they went to pay for their shopping at the Aldi in Feltham, a woman at the opposite checkout began shouting and screaming at them – branding the wife’s niqab “disgusting”. The husband responded by asking if she thought “freedom of choice” was disgusting, telling her her attitude was "disgusting". She screamed back that he should “not allow [his] wife...