Racist incidents in Scotland fall by 4% in a year

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Image caption About 48% of recorded victims of racism in 2009-10 were Asian and 96% of perpetrators were white

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.

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