Michael Ayoade, 34, was jailed for four years after being found guilty of the assault. The police released the footage of the attack on 5'5" Tasneem Kabir, which saw Ayoade give the reason for his actions that she "didn't have a friendly face".
It appears it was not an isolated incident as BBC's Inside Out London Special tonight reports a 60 per cent rise in the number of attacks on women wearing head scarfs. Figures also show a 70 per cent increase in Islamophobic attacks in the capital in the 12 months up until July in 2015.
Fiyaz Mughal, from Tell Mama, a watchdog focusing on attacks on Muslims, said: "Women who wear niqab, the face veil, suffered more aggressive incidents - there was something about the face veil that in a way brought out the worst in the perpetrator."
The Met Police said there has also been a noticeable increase in attacks around holy days in the Muslim calendar, although this could be down to more officers on the streets during these periods, who victims can report the crimes to.
Commander Mak Chishty said: "We will not tolerate hate crime and take positive action to investigate all allegations, support victims and arrest offenders. Victims of hate crime must be assured that they will be taken seriously by the police. We have more than 900 specialist officers across London working in our community safety units who are dedicated to investigating hate crime. We are always seeking ways to increase reporting and work with a number of third party reporting sites so that victims who feel unable to approach police direct can report crime to non-police organisations and individuals. Victims of hate crime can in addition now report online on the Met's website. No one should suffer in silence, so please report hate crime to us as soon as possible so we can act."
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