Publication - Research and analysis

Religiously Aggravated Offending in Scotland 2013-14

Published: 13 Jun 2014
ISBN:
9781784125653

Analysis of charges reported under the act to provide information about the nature of the religiously aggravated offending charges, the accused and the victims of incidents.

Religiously Aggravated Offending in Scotland 2013-14
Footnotes

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 numbers 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 687 charges in 2012-13 and 901 charges in 2011-12.

[2] There were 61 'religious' charges under Offensive Behaviour legislation (60 under section 1 of this Act and one under section 6). The religious element in 13 of these charges was included as a section 74 religious aggravation. The other 48 charges involved the religious element within the main charge, so these represent 'extra' charges.

[3] 'General community' refers to people who happened to be in the vicinity of the charge taking place and may have been affected as a result, but who were not directly targeted by the accused.

[4] See: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice/PubCriminalProceedings

[5] 'Concluded main charges' consists of all convictions (238 charges), those given no conviction (29 charges) and those where no further action was ruled (13 charges).

[6] See: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2003/7/section/74

[7] See: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/362943/0122956.pdf

[8] See: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0040/00408745.pdf

[9] See: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0042/00424865.pdf

[10] See: http://www.scotland.gov.uk226bf69c-4bbc-4dce-b473-7210445b2813

[11] See: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/03/9823

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

[13] There were 61 'religious' charges under the Offensive Behaviour legislation (60 under section 1 of this Act and one under section 6). The religious element in 13 of these charges was included as a section 74 religious aggravation. The other 48 charges involved the religious element within the main charge, so these represent 'extra' charges.

[14] The local authority area population rates for 2013-14 and 2012-13 are based on the GROS mid-year population rates. Available at: http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/statistics/theme/population/estimates/mid-year/2012/index.html

The local authority area population rates for 2010-11 and 2011-12 are based on the GROS mid-year population rates. Available at: http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/files2/stats/population-estimates/mid-2010/mid-year-pop-est-2010.pdf

[15] '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.

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

[17] Charges occurred at 10 football stadiums throughout Scotland. No individual stadium had more than five section 74 charges recorded at it.

[18] Fifty-seven of the anti-Islam charges in 2012-13 were from a single incident at a march in Glasgow.

[19] Four religious officials were the victims of religiously aggravated incidents in 2013-14.

[20] See: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice/PubCriminalProceedings

[21] 'Other' disposals in 2013-14 include admonishments and absolute discharges.

[22] 'Community Penalty' includes a community service order and community payback order.


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