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Glasgow Responsible for One Third of Scotland’s Hate Crimes

Victims of hate crime are being urged to report attacks or incidents of hate crime at Glasgow’s Central Station after it became the third reporting centre in the city for hate crimes.

Workers at Glasgow’s Central Station have been trained to take statements and with the victim’s permission, information about the attack can be passed to Police Scotland or British Transport Police. The move, which was launched with Hate Crime Awareness Week in the city.

Combating Hate Crime in the City

The move to combat hate crime in Glasgow comes after a recent report stated that the city accounted for more than one-third of all religious hate crimes in the city.

Councillor Fariha Thomas, from Glasgow’s Hate Crime Working Group, said: “Obviously work to tackle hate crime goes on in the city all year round but a special week such as this helps raise public awareness.”

A number of such attacks or criminal Inspector Lynda Lang, from British Transport Police, said: “Hate crime in any form is totally unacceptable in our society.

Sergeant Graeme Stirling said: “Police Scotland realises the importance of making it as easy and straightforward as possible for people to report hate crimes.

“Third party reporting is a vital part of that process and one where Police Scotland and partners are supporting victims in the community.”

Hate Crime Statistics

According to the latest data from the Scottish Government, there were 197 charges in relation to religious hatred in Glasgow in the last year. In total, the 197 reports accounted for 35% of the national total.

Alarmingly, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic crimes have also risen by 23% and 16% with the number of transgender hate crimes also rising. However racial and religiously aggravated offending was at their lowest levels for a decade in Glasgow and across Scotland.

Charges under the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act have also fallen in the last year, with 46 people being charged in Glasgow in 2014/15 compared to 72 in 2013/14.

Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland said despite the falling figures, there was “no place in modern Scotland” but welcomed the fact that many figures were falling.

In a statement he said: “I want to reassure these communities that the full force of the law will be brought to bear on anyone engaging in this hateful and divisive conduct and would urge victims of all forms of hate crime to come forward and not suffer in silence.

“There is absolutely no place in modern Scotland for individuals who commit crimes motivated by prejudice towards a person’s race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity.

Dave Scott, campaign director for anti-sectarian charity Nil by Mouth stated that it was clear hate crime in Glasgow was an issue, but that the campaigns in place were making a small improvement. He said: “We need to remember that it’s a battle we are winning.

“We’ve seen huge progress in the city over the past 15 years with anti-sectarian work taking place across the vast majority of the city’s schools through Sense over Sectarianism and Nil by Mouth.

“This problem was never going to be solved overnight and through education we are building solid foundations for a Scotland free of bigotry and a generation free from the burdens of the past. “

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