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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 2018-19 show that for race crime 2,880 charges were reported, continuing the downward trend with 400 fewer charges than 2017-18, making it the  lowest total since 2003-04. This year’s figure is almost 37% lower than the peak in 2011-12.

In addition, there were 529 charges reported with a religious aggravation, 289 relating to disability and 1,176 charges reported which were aggravated by sexual orientation.

Speaking of the figures the Lord Advocate said:

“The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), Scotland’s independent public prosecution service, is committed to tackling all forms of 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 the Crown treats hate crime so seriously and why it 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 all 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.”