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Religiously Aggravated Offending in Scotland 2012-13

Published: 14 Jun 2013
Part of:
Research
ISBN:
9781782566427

Information about religious aggravations charges reported to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) by the police in 2012-13.

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Religiously Aggravated Offending in Scotland 2012-13
Footnotes

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Footnotes

1. The total number of charges is taken from the most up-to date information recorded on the COPFS case management system. This is a live system and the number of totals may vary from those previously published due to changes made during the course of investigation and prosecution of a case. The research conducted last year was based on the latest information available at the time, and reported 876 charges in 2011-12 and 693 charges in 2010-11.

2. Charges reported under the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act (2012) in 2012-13

3. There were 106 'religious' charges under Offensive Behaviour legislation. The religious element in 31 of these charges was included as a religious aggravation and so already counted in the section 74 total. The other 75 charges involved the religious element within the main charge, so these represent 'extra' charges.

4. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/11/17154035/0

5. Defined as those aged 16 and over.

6. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Justice/law/sectarianism-action-1/football-violence/bill

7. Local Authority Areas population rate based on GROS mid-year population rates 2011. Available at http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/statistics/theme/population/estimates/mid-year/2011/tables.html

8. 'Main street' refers to a public street in a town or city centre and is used in this report, and in the previous analysis, to distinguish between these areas and residential/suburban areas.

9. Included in the 'other' category are 6 charges which took place in religious buildings.

10. The 'association with football' also took into consideration language that referred to a particular football team or reference to football songs or regalia/symbols

11. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Justice/law/sectarianism-action-1/football-violence/bill

12. 3 religious officials were the victims of abuse.

13. 'Community penalty' includes a community service order and a community payback order

14. 'Other' disposals include warnings, drug treatment orders and football banning orders


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