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Religiously aggravated offending in Scotland 2016-2017

Analysis of charges reported under the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012.


Footnotes

1. There were 62 'religious' charges under the offensive behaviour legislation; this comprises 58 section 1 charges, and 4 section 6 charges. The religious element in 16 of these charges was included as a section 74 religious aggravation. The other 46 charges involved a religious element and were included within the main charge, rather than as an aggravation.

2. See: http://scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice/pubCriminalProceedings

3. See: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2003/7/section/74

4. Previous 'Religiously Aggravated Offending in Scotland' reports are available at: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/06/7309

5. This is a recent change introduced in 2016-17; the survey was previously carried out every two years with 11,500 adults taking part.

6. See: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2012/1/contents/enacted

7. Data extracted 3 rd May 2017.

8. There were 62 'religious' charges under the offensive behaviour legislation; this comprises 58 section 1 charges, and 4 section 6 charges. The religious element in 16 of these charges was included as a section 74 religious aggravation. The other 46 charges involved a religious element and were included within the main charge, rather than as an aggravation.

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

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

11. At the time of the extraction of the data on 3 rd May 2017

12. See: http://www.crownoffice.gov.uk/publications/publications

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

14. 'Community penalty' here to correspond with community service orders and community payback orders.

15. 'Other' disposals in 2016-17 include admonishments, absolute discharges and restriction of liberty orders.

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