28th June 2019

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28th June 2019

Rise in hate crimes against transgender people in Scotland

The number of hate crimes against transgender people in Scotland has risen, according to official statistics. Figures published by Police Scotland following a freedom of information request made by the BBC show there has been an increase over the last three years. Between April 1 last year and February 28 this year, there was a total of 92 hate crimes committed against people who identify as transgender across the country. The figure represents a 11% rise on the 83 crimes recorded over the previous period between April 2017 and March 2018.

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17735459.rise-in-hate-crimes-against-transgender-people-in-scotland/

11% rise in hate crimes against transgender people in Scotland

The number of hate crimes against transgender people in Scotland has risen, according to official statistics. Figures published by Police Scotland following a freedom of information request made by the BBC show there has been an increase over the last three years. Between April 1 last year and February 28 this year, there was a total of 92 hate crimes committed against people who identify as transgender across the country. The figure represents a 11% rise on the 83 crimes recorded over the previous period between April 2017 and March 2018.

https://www.scotsman.com/news/crime/11-rise-in-hate-crimes-against-transgender-people-in-scotland-1-4955539

‘Stark rise’ in serious attacks inside Ayrshire’s prison

A soaring number of serious attacks inside Ayrshire’s prison have been described as a “stark rise” by cops. Serious assaults in the “high security” HMP Kilmarnock jail have increased fivefold to 15 between April 1, 2018 and March 31. There were only three such incidents inside the jail recorded during the previous year. East Ayrshire police Chief Inspector Gillian Docherty told a council meeting the assaults were committed by inmates on other prisoners. The area commander told councillors that police officers are working “closely” with the Bowhouse staff to help tackle the problem.

https://www.cumnockchronicle.com/news/17731245.stark-rise-in-serious-attacks-inside-ayrshires-prison/

Police Scotland support campaign to keep workplaces safe

Businesses of all sizes are being encouraged to act now to keep their workplaces safe as part of a pioneering campaign launched this week by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) with support from Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. Safer Business, Stronger Scotland is backed by the Scottish Government and aims to create a strong economic base for Scotland by helping businesses, entrepreneurs and organisations to be more resilient to the threat of criminal activity and fire risk. Throughout the campaign, SBRC will be delivering a range of advanced training, support and intelligence sharing for businesses to help mitigate threats ranging from online fraud to serious organised crime. The campaign was officially launched at Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters in Cambuslang on Wednesday.

https://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2019/06/police-scotland-support-campaign-to-keep-workplaces-safe/

Nicola Sturgeon accused of trying to ’empty jails’

Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of trying to “empty Scotland’s jails” after refusing to make it an automatic offence to remove an electronic tag. The First Minister was attacked by Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson, who said most people would not regard the SNP’s decision as justice. Ms Davidson said the Scottish Government was ignoring concerns expressed by Scottish Women’s Aid and Victim Support Scotland about electronic tags. Given electronic monitoring was used as an alternative to prison, cutting off a tag was akin to “scaling the prison walls and making a run for it”, and should be punished as such.

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17735159.nicola-sturgeon-accused-of-trying-to-empty-jails/

West Lothian is a safer place to live as violent crime drops 17 per cent

West Lothian seems to be a safer place to live after new figures saw violent crime drop by almost a quarter. Over the last 10 years the county has seen a 17 per cent drop in serious crime. But while the news has been welcomed by politicians from across the political spectrum, they have warned that police officers are bearing the brunt of cuts and often crime goes unreported.

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/west-lothian-safer-place-live-17265808

Sectarianism hate crime law is not needed, consultation finds

A majority of respondents to a Scottish Government consultation do not think there is a need to address and define sectarianism in hate crime legislation. It sought views from organisations including public-sector bodies and faith groups, as well as from individuals, as the Government considers reforms to hate crime legislation in Scotland. A total of 1159 responses were received as part of the consultation, which considered a number of aspects to hate crime reform including modernising laws, new statutory aggravations, new stirring-up offences and other related issues.

https://www.thenational.scot/news/17735446.sectarianism-hate-crime-law-is-not-needed-consultation-finds/

 

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