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Britain will order a review of how police deal with hate crimes after a sharp rise in offences reported following last month's vote to leave the European Union. Almost 6,200 hate crimes have been reported in Britain over the month since the June 23 referendum, which saw immigration become a key issue during a bitter and deeply divisive campaign. The most common crimes were harassment, assault and other violence such as verbal abuse or spitting, with Muslims and Eastern Europeans saying they had been particularly targeted.
Bangladeshi police Tuesday killed nine suspected Islamist extremists believed to be planning another mass attack following a deadly cafe assault this month, the country's police chief said. Police who stormed their hideout said the men belonged to a Bangladeshi group blamed for the Dhaka cafe attack in which 20 hostages, mostly foreigners, were killed. "From police intelligence sources we learnt that they were planning to carry out a major incident.
British banks approved the fewest mortgages for house purchase since March 2015 last month and also cut lending to businesses, as nerves weighed in the run-up to June 23's referendum on European Union membership. The British Bankers' Association said it was too early to tell how demand for finance would hold up after the vote. "Business borrowing in June dropped for the first time in 2016, signalling that investment decisions were being delayed until after the vote," BBA chief economist Rebecca Harding said.