Society: Racist attacks on the rise

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A rise in racially motivated crimes was revealed by the chief constable of Scotland's largest police force yesterday.

John Orr, of Strathclyde Police, said in Glasgow figures showed more victims were coming forward, and more racist offenders were being caught.

The figures show that in the nine months from 1 April to 31 December 1997, a total of 332 racial incidents were reported to the police compared with 206 in the year ending 31 March 1997 - a rise of 126 or 61 per cent.

At the same time, detections in incidents where racism was confirmed rose by 11 per cent in the same comparison period - to 72 per cent from 61 per cent.