The Crown Office has published a report on Hate Crime, which reveals the level of crime recorded in 2017-18 relating to race crime, and on crime motivated by prejudice related to religion, disability, sexual orientation and transgender identity.
The main findings of the report include:
In addition, the report has revealed that there were 198 charges reported in 2017-18 under Section 1 of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012. However, the report also highlights that the repeal of the Act has affected the number of charges reported in 2017-18 and also the number of charges reported with a religious aggravation. Figures for 2017-18 therefore cannot be directly compared with previous years.
The Lord Advocate, James Wolffe QC, has welcomed the publication of the figures.
“The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, Scotland’s independent public prosecution service, is committed to tackling hate crime,” he said. “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,” he added. “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.”
The Scottish Government recently received the final report of Lord Bracadale’s review of hate crime legislation in Scotland, and said it intends to consult widely on his recommendations.
Lord Bracadale was appointed by Scottish Ministers in January 2017 to carry out an independent review of hate crime legislation in Scotland, and in particular to consider:
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