Hate crime is behaviour which is both criminal and rooted in prejudice. It can be verbal or physical.
We know that hate negatively impacts on people, communities and on wider society. For those affected, the damage can have a long lasting effect.
We recorded 5,640 hate crimes in 2021-22 and we have also seen a rise in hate crimes committed against our officers.
Current hate crime laws cover any existing offence motivated by prejudice relating to race, religion, disability, sexual orientation and transgender identity. Inciting racial hatred and racially motivated harassment are existing standalone hate crime offences.
Police Scotland is committed to supporting Scotland’s communities in line with our values of integrity, fairness, respect and upholding human rights.
In our new Don’t Feed Hate campaign we talk about the Hate Monster. It’s that feeling some people get when they are angry and frustrated and then try to make themselves feel better by lashing out at others, because they think they are different or lesser in some way. This can lead to committing a hate crime.
The Hate Monster doesn’t respect you, but we do. Find out more about the Hate Crime campaign at the Police Scotland website
We urge anyone who has experienced or witnessed hate to report it.
A 37 year old man will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal for smashing a window in Newhouse Road, Perth on Friday 21st April. A 33 year old man was arrested for possession of an offensive weapon during the same incident.
A 19 year old man was arrested for possession of an offensive weapon in North Methven Street, Perth on Saturday 22nd April.
A 43 year old man was arrested for drink driving in Shore Road, Perth on Sunday 23rd April.
A 23 year old man was arrested for robbery in County Place, Perth on Monday 24th April.
A 54 year old man was arrested for assault and robbery in Garry Place, Bankfoot on Saturday 22nd April.
A 51 year old man was arrested due to being found within a property in Muirs, Kinross with intent to steal on Friday 21st April.
A 49 year old man was arrested for possession of a knife in Coupar Angus Road, Blairgowrie on Sunday 23rd April.
Between 11pm, Wednesday 19th and 8am, Thursday 20th April, a silver Honda Jazz was damaged whilst parked in Nimmo Avenue, Perth. (CR/50488/23)
Between 9:30pm, Saturday 22nd and 9am, Sunday 23rd April, a grey Vauxhall Astra was vandalised whilst parked in Inchaffrey Street, Perth. (CR/51415/23)
Between 10pm, Thursday 20th and 5:30am, Friday 21st April, a window was smashed at a property in Kirkstyle, High Street, Errol. (CR/50660/23)
Between 6pm, Wednesday 19th and 7am, Thursday 20th April, a quantity of power tools were stolen from a property in Precinct Street, Coupar Angus. (CR/48639/23)
Around 3pm, Monday 24th April, a male in a grey Mercedes Vito was observed stealing a quantity of railway sleepers from Hatchbank Road, Gairney Bank. (CR/51455/23)
Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Tayside Division on 101 or any police officer, quoting the crime reference number listed at each incident. Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Tom Leonard, Chief Inspector
Local Area Commander, Perth and Kinross
FURTHER INFORMATION AND INTERNET LINKS
As we receive reports of crime, the information is shared on https://www.pkcommunitywatch.co.uk/
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Your Community Policing Teams
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PERTH CITY NORTH
PI Paul Haigh
PERTH CITY SOUTH
PI Kristopher McCall
PI Ashley Wallace
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PI Lesley McDonald
Almond & Earn
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