The number of anti-semitic hate crimes have more than doubled in London over the past year.

In total, there were 518 crimes in the 12 months to June across the capital, compared to 221 during the same period in 2014 - a 134 per cent increase.

Of those, a dozen involved violence and over half of the total cases involved harassment.

The UK figures for the first six months of this year show there was a 53 per cent increase in recorded incidents, according to statistics released today by the Community Security Trust (CST).

Since 1984, the charity has been monitoring anti-semitism and providing security for the Jewish community and says the latest increase reflects the growing willingness to report incidents.

The figures also reflect a period of heightened alert among the Jewish community earlier this year as a result of terrorist attacks in Europe.

There were 164 more incidents reported from January to June this year, compared to the same period in 2014 and more than double the number of incidents than in 2013.

Anti-semitic hate crime incidents have also soared across Redbridge in the last 12 months from 11 to 19 and are up from 2 incidents in Waltham Forest to 6 between June 2014 and June 2015.

CST chief executive, David Delew, said: "The terrorist attacks on European Jews earlier this year, following the high

levels of antisemitism in 2014, were a difficult and unsettling experience for our Jewish community.

"We welcome the apparent increase in reporting of anti-semitic incidents but regret the concern and anxiety about anti-semitism that this reflects.

"We will continue to work with the police, government and other partners to reduce anti-semitism and to protect our Jewish community."

Home secretary Theresa May, added: "Anti-semitism has absolutely no place in Britain, and we must do everything

we can to eradicate it wherever we find it."