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Racially motivated crime (05/08/2016) (R013705)

Thank you for your request dated 20 July 2016 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the undernoted information:

“Between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016, how many people appeared in courts in Tayside and Fife, charged with racially-motivated crimes?

Can you break the data down into how the people in court were dealt with, e.g: 50 custodial sentences, 35 Community Payback Orders, 20 admonished.

Could you please give me the same data, broken down for the previous four years:

July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015; July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014; July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013; July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012”

I also refer to your telephone call with a member of COPFS staff on 21 July, where you confirmed that you would be content to receive this data broken down by financial year and by the number of charges prosecuted rather than number of people.

I can confirm that the data provided for Tayside and Fife comprises of information from the Procurator Fiscal’s Offices in Dundee, Dunfermline, Forfar, Kirkcaldy and Perth.  This information is correct as at 6 May 2016.

Noted below is the number of charges in which prosecutions were raised in Tayside and Fife in relation to charges which contain a racial element, broken down by the financial year in which they were reported.  Please be aware that one or more of these charges may relate to the same person.





I attach below a table which provides a breakdown of the disposals imposed by the Court on those charges on which a conviction was obtained.

Please be aware that proceedings in a large number of the charges may still be ongoing, in particular for the financial year 2015-16.




Please also be aware that statistical information about prosecutions can be extracted more easily from the Scottish Government Justice Department's Court Proceedings Database which is designed to provide statistical information.  It contains information about cases prosecuted in all Courts and can provide information either at the level of the specific offence or by certain broader groupings of offences (eg crimes of violence, crimes of dishonesty, offences involving drugs etc).  You can contact the Scottish Government Justice Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 0131 244 2228.