Racist incidents in Scotland fall by 4% in a year
The number of racist incidents recorded by police in Scotland fell by 4% over a one-year period, official figures show.
The chief statistician's report said 4,952 racist incidents were recorded in 2009-10, compared to 5,143 in 2008-09.
However, two police forces - Strathclyde and Lothian and Borders - recorded an increase.
Between 2004-10, reported racist incidents in Scotland increased by 10%, but the figures have been falling since 2006-07.
In 2009-10, about 48% of victims for whom ethnicity was recorded were of Asian origin and about 96% of perpetrators were white.
The most frequently recorded racist crime in 2009-10 was racially aggravated conduct, accounting for 65% of cases.