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Engaging with communities to tackle hate crime

COPFS and Police Scotland last night hosted an Edinburgh LGBT community event of discussion and engagement to listen to people’s experiences of hate crime and the criminal justice system.

The aim of the event, held in Edinburgh, was to increase confidence within the LGBT community, encourage reporting of hate crimes targeting them and ultimately make the city a safer place.

It also assisted in giving information and reassurance on the treatment of LGBT individuals giving evidence in court as victims and witnesses of crime.

Speaking of the event the Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC, said today.

"We will continue engaging and working closely with LGBT groups to increase their confidence in police and prosecutors and encourage the reporting of offences against them.

"We want to reassure them, and the public in general, that a robust approach is and will continue to be taken in Scotland to any prejudice and hatred which finds expression in criminal behaviour."