Pub­lic is urged to re­port on hate crime

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Peo­ple in Mon­k­lands are be­ing urged to help “erad­i­cate” hate crime by re­port­ing any acts they wit­ness.

In the past year, more than 5300 charges of hate crime were re­ported to the procu­ra­tor fis­cal across Scot­land, with many other in­ci­dents not be­ing brought to the po­lice’s at­ten­tion.

The Scot­tish Government and Po­lice Scot­land Hate Crime cam­paign has been launched to en­cour­age wit­nesses to re­port to Po­lice Scot­land by call­ing 101, 999 in an emer­gency, or al­ter­na­tively, on­line.

Wit­nesses and vic­tims are also be­ing en­cour­aged to re­port hate crime via lo­cal third-party re­port­ing cen­tres if they pre­fer not to talk to the po­lice.

Com­mu­ni­ties and lo­cal government sec­re­tary, Aileen Camp­bell, said: “Scot­land is a great place to live, work and study.

“It should be a wel­com­ing di­verse env i ron­ment where peo­ple can go about their day with­out fear­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion.”

Any­one wish­ing to re­port a hate crime should visit onescot­land.org

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