Reporting of hate crime in the Borders up by 46% last year

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Across Scotland, there was a slight increase in incidents of hate crime reported to Scotland’s prosecution service in 2015-16 compared to the previous year.

In the Borders, Police Scotland say that reporting of hate crime went up 46.4% in the same year from 56 to 82.

The region’s hate crime figures are: race, 58; homophobia, 13, transgender, one; disability, 2; religious hatred, 7; and restricted or unknown, one.

The region mirrors the national picture of racism being the most commonly reported hate crime, and in Scotland 3,712 charges were reported in 2015-16, a decrease on the previous year and the lowest number reported since 2003-04.

Some 581 charges with a religious aggravation were reported to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in 2015-16, Roman Catholicism being the most often noted in religiously-aggravated charges (51% in 2015-16), followed by Protestantism (24%) and Islam (23%).

The number of charges where Islam was noted has almost doubled, from 71 in 2014-15 to 134 charges in 2015-16.