A report on Hate Crime in Scotland between 2013 and 2014, published earlier this month, brings together figures on hate crimes relating to race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and transgender identity. The statistics, which include charges from the Offensive Behavior at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act, indicate that over the past year, an average of one criminal charge for every five regulated football matches has taken place in Scotland. This is likely due to the vigilant monitoring and increased powers of the Scottish police.
New figures show that the number of racist incidents recorded by the police in Scotland has increased from 4,911 in 2010-11 to 5,389 in 2011-12. The Minister for Community Safety, Roseanna Cunningham, has described the ten percent increase as ‘disappointing’.
The Crown Office has published a report on Hate Crime in Scotland during 2011-12, which brings together figures on race crime, and on crime motivated by prejudice related to religion, disability, sexual orientation and transgender identity.