Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie has expressed concern about the increase in racist incidents recorded by police in Central Scotland.
Despite a two per cent overall drop in racist incidents recorded by police in Scotland last year, Central Scotland Police, Dumfries & Galloway Constabulary and Grampian Police all recorded increases.
The figures also show increases in the number of people reporting repeat incidents and the number of attacks against white immigrants, Indian, African and Chinese people.
“I am very concerned about the increases in racist incidents and the number of repeat victims. Many racist incidents are never reported, so this is the tip of the iceberg. We need to ensure that people have the confidence to come forward and report incidents without fear of reprisals.
“We cannot afford complacency. I recently highlighted the problems of abuse and violence against shopworkers, where racism can be a factor. Our streets, our shops and all our public places must be made safe for everyone, regardless of their ethnicity.
“Tackling racism should be a priority for the Scottish Government. They should do more to get the message across that no form of racism is ever acceptable.”
(1) Despite a two per cent overall drop in racists incidents, increases were recorded in
Central Police: UP 13% (from 336 to 381)
Dumfries & Galloway Constabulary: UP 50% (from 64 to 96)
Grampian Police: UP 58% (from 391 to 616)
(2) The number of victims of racists incidents who had previous reported a racist incident to the police increased in the last year by 8% from 1,280 in 2007/08 to 1,385 in 2008/09.
(3) In the last year the figures also revealed the following increases in the number of attacks against:
Other White: UP 6%
Indian: UP 25%
African: UP 8%
Chinese: UP 30%