Race incidents in Lothians decrease

Have your say

THE number of racist incidents recorded by police in Lothian and Borders fell last year, new figures show.

The total of 1083 for 2010-11 was down from 1158 the previous year and from a peak of 1521 in 2006-07.

Across Scotland as a whole, racist incidents were down for the fourth year in a row.

However, more up-to-date Crown Office prosecution statistics, published last month, show an eight per cent increase in charges for racism and other forms of hatred in 2011-12.

Community safety minister Roseanna Cunningham said: “The Scottish Government will not tolerate racist behaviour of any kind, whether on the street, in a pub or club, in our workplaces or at a football match, and we back our police and prosecutors in punishing offenders for their shameful behaviour.”