Scotland sees huge increase in reported homophobic hate crime

Published: February 8, 2011

The number of reported homophobic hate crimes has risen five-fold in Scotland in the last five years.

Figures show that there were 666 reported incidents in 2009-10, a substantial increase from 2004-5, when just 114 incidents were reported.

According to the Herald, numbers doubled in the last two years, as 364 incidents were reported in 2007-8.

The figures were revealed through a Freedom of Information Act request and detail violent attacks, vandalism, abuse and indecent assaults.

Stonewall Scotland says that the majority of LGBT Scottish people have suffered hate crime.

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