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Drop in hate crime in Scotland 15/06/2015 Newly published statistics show that over the last year there has been a drop of 9% in the number of racial crimes committed in Scotland.

Drop in hate crime in Scotland

Newly published statistics show that over the last year there has been a drop of 9% in the number of racial crimes committed in Scotland. Religiously aggravated offences were down by 4% to their lowest level since 2004-2005. 

The report on Hate Crime in Scotland, 2014-15, also shows a reduction of 6% in relation to Section 1 of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 and, for the first time since the introduction of the new aggravations in 2010, there has been a reduction in the number of charges relating to sexual orientation. This is down 5%.

The drop has been welcomed by Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC, although he warned against complacency.

“There is absolutely no place in modern Scotland for individuals who commit crimes motivated by prejudice towards a person’s race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity,” he said. “A prosecution rate of more than 80% demonstrates that offending, motivated by prejudice, will not be tolerated and perpetrators will be dealt with robustly by Scotland’s prosecutors.”

 

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