May 18, 2011

Religiously motivated crimes increase in Scotland

by Jan Harris

The number of religiously motivated crimes in Scotland has grown ten per cent over the past year according to a report published by the Crown Office.

There were 693 charges for crimes motivated by religion in 2010/11 compared with 632 in 2009/2010, making 2010/11 the worst year for this type of crime since 2006/2007.

The report also covered ‘hate crime’ a newly introduced category which covers crimes related to sexual orientation, transgender identity and disability.

Over 500 charges of hate crime were reported to the procurator fiscal, the vast majority relating to sexual orientation.

On a more positive note the number of charges of race crime fell by almost 4% to 4165 in 2010/2011.

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