In the Media

Call to extend hate crime offence

PUBLISHED October 11, 2004

Tough new laws are needed to tackle "hate crimes" towards gay, transgender or disabled people, experts have said.

The Working Group on Hate Crime, which advises the Scottish Executive, said ministers should introduce a statutory aggravation for these crimes.
Similar legislation for race-hate crimes and religious bigotry can now be considered by courts in relation to existing offences.