28th February 2019

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28th February 2019

Glasgow and Edinburgh account for half of Scotland’s hate crimes

Nearly half of recorded hate crimes in Scotland took place in Glasgow and Edinburgh, a report has found. Just over a fifth of the country’s population lives in the two cities (21%) but they accounted for 48% of all hate crimes, Police Scotland recorded in 2017/18. Glasgow had the highest rate of hate crimes in that period at 30 crimes per 10,000, followed by Edinburgh at 26, compared to a Scottish average of 12. A Scottish Government report suggested this could relate to a relatively high level of ethnic diversity, with other factors suggested including greater nightlife, the number of daily workers, visitors and tourists and the number of demonstrations and large events.

https://www.thenational.scot/news/17464504.glasgow-and-edinburgh-account-for-half-of-scotlands-hate-crimes/

Warning over ‘culture of acceptance’ on hate crime

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has vowed to avoid a “culture of acceptance” on hate crime as a new report showed nearly half of recorded offences took place in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Around a fifth (21%) of Scotland’s population lives in the two cities but they accounted for 48% of all hate crimes Police Scotland recorded in 2017/18. Glasgow had the highest rate of hate crimes in that period at 30 crimes per 10,000, followed by Edinburgh at 26, compared to a Scottish average of 12.

https://stv.tv/news/politics/1435876-warning-over-culture-of-acceptance-on-hate-crime/

Violent crime increases by more than a third

There were 234 violent crimes reported to Police Scotland in South Lanarkshire between April and September 2018 – up from 179 for the same period the previous year. Violent crimes have increased by more than a third in South Lanarkshire over a one-year period.  There were 234 violent crimes reported to Police Scotland in the local authority area between April and September 2018 – up from 179 for the same period the previous year.  The figures, revealed in Police Scotland’s quarterly crime report, include some historic offences, but still show a marked increase in crime.

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/violent-crime-increases-more-third-14062111

Half of hate crimes in Glasgow and Edinburgh

Almost half of hate crimes in Scotland last year were committed in Glasgow and Edinburgh, despite the cities having just a fifth of the country’s population. Glasgow had the highest rate of hate crimes in 2017/18, at a rate of 30 for every 10,000 people, while in Edinburgh it was 26, and the Scottish average was 12. The Northern and Western Isles had the lowest rates at under 0.5 per 10,000 people. Overall, the country’s largest two cities accounted for 48 per cent of hate crimes, while being home to 21% of its citizens.

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17463684.half-of-hate-crimes-in-glasgow-and-edinburgh/

Call to create new ‘elder abuse’ offence in Scotland

Criminals who target elderly and vulnerable people could soon be prosecuted under a new offence. The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee is looking at the possibility of making it an offence, or statutory aggravator, to target victims due to their age or perceived vulnerability. Crimes including bogus callers, doorstop theft and financial abuse by relatives, could all be covered under the change. Speaking at the committee, Lesley Carcary, director of Action on Elder Abuse Scotland, said: “We want to send out a message that just because you’re stealing from your mum, doesn’t mean it’s not criminal.

https://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/17463288.call-to-create-new-elder-abuse-offence-in-scotland/

People make Glasgow? Scotland’s largest city records highest number of hate crimes

Glasgow recorded the highest number of hate crimes in Scotland last year figures show. It is thought that the numbers could be linked to the city’s higher level of ethnic diversity. The Scottish Government also cited the city’s nightlife, high number of workers, visitors and demonstrations as possible reasons for the tally. The vast majority of hate crimes recorded – 67% – were racist, while the second most common target was sexual orientation. A further 7% were based on religion, with 4% victimising those with disabilities and 1% targeting transgender people.

https://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/17463022.glasgow-records-highest-number-of-hate-crimes-in-scotland/

Two emergency service workers attacked every day in north-east

Latest Police Scotland statistics show cops, paramedics or firefighters were attacked 512 times in a 274-day period – an average of 2.3 a day. The figures show the number of assaults in the region between April 1 2018 and the end of the year. The number has decreased slightly from 522 in the same period in 2017.

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/two-emergency-service-workers-attacked-day-in-north-east/?sso-c=MC42NDkzMzIwMCAxNTUxMzQ1NjIz

67% of hate crime in Scotland race related, figures show

Two-thirds of all hate crime in Scotland is race related, according to new government figures published today. A total of 6736 hate crimes were logged by Police Scotland in 2017/18 – a rise of 2.4 per cent from the previous year – and 67 per cent of those were race related. Disability hate crimes were up 16 per cent though they accounted for four per cent of all hate crimes. Crimes based on sexuality were up 5.8 per cent and accounted for 16 per cent of all hate crime. The number of crimes rooted in religious hate remained static, though still totalled seven per cent of all hate crimes.

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/67-of-hate-crime-in-scotland-race-related-figures-show-1-4880301

Justice Secretary vows to avoid hate crime `acceptance´

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has vowed to avoid a “culture of acceptance” on hate crime as a new report showed nearly half of recorded offences took place in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Around a fifth of Scotland’s population lives in these cities (21%) but they accounted for 48% of all hate crimes, Police Scotland recorded in 2017/18. Glasgow had the highest rate of hate crimes in that period at 30 crimes per 10,000, followed by Edinburgh at 26, compared to a Scottish average of 12. The Scottish Government report suggested this could relate to a relatively higher level of ethnic diversity, with other factors suggested including greater nightlife, the amount of daily workers, visitors and tourists and the number of demonstrations and large events.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-6751299/Justice-Secretary-vows-avoid-hate-crime-acceptance.html

Police report rise in serious assaults, robberies and drug crimes in Dundee

A total of 6,693 crimes were reported to officers in the city from April 1–December 31 last year, the first three quarters of 2018-19. This was down 92 from the year before. The total number of crimes detected by police fell, but by less than the total number of crimes recorded – meaning crime detection rates increased to 53.4%. The number of reported rapes in the city decreased by 20.

https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/police-report-a-rise-in-serious-assaults-robberies-and-drug-crimes-in-dundee/?sso-c=MC4xOTA5MTEwMCAxNTUxMzQ2MjEx

 

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