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Lord Advocate Welcomes Publication Of Hate Crime Figures

The Lord Advocate, James Wolffe QC, today welcomed the publication of figures on Hate Crime in Scotland.

New figures published today for 2017-18 show that for race crime 3,249 charges were reported, continuing the downward trend with 118 fewer charges than 2016-17, making it the  lowest total since 2003-04. This year’s figure is almost 29% lower than the peak in 2011-12.

In addition, there were 642 charges reported with a religious aggravation, 284 relating to disability and 1,112 charges reported which were aggravated by sexual orientation

Speaking of the figures the Lord Advocate said:

“The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, Scotland’s independent public prosecution service, is committed to tackling hate crime.

“Crime motivated by hatred is not only a wrong against the individual, but is an affront to our collective values as a community, creating division and fear. That is why we treat it so seriously and why we will continue to do so.

“It is encouraging that many victims of hate crime have the confidence to report this type of offending and we would encourage more to do so.

“People who live in Scotland, regardless of their personal or social circumstances, can be assured that they live in a just society and that they will be protected from crime – and in particular from hate crime.”