Ben Archibald from Scotman reports:
Hate crimes against homosexuals in Scotland have risen almost fivefold in the past five years, shock new statistics have revealed.
The statistics – gathered by a freedom of information request to Scotland’s eight police forces – show a disturbing rise in reports of violent attacks, indecent assaults, abuse and vandalism against people targeted just because of their sexual orientation.
Figures show there were 666 incidents of homophobic abuse in 2009-10, almost double the 364 incidents reported in 2007-8, and almost five times the 114 incidents reported in 2004-5.
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