The north-east’s top police officer has said it is “too early to say” if the region has turned a corner when it comes to incidents of hate crime.
Chief Superintendent Campbell Thomson made the remarks after a new report was published which showed 416 hate crimes were reported to police across the north-east in 2017/18.
Speaking before members of Aberdeen City Council’s public protection committee, Ch Supt Thomson said there was “still work to be done” on tackling hate crime.
He added: “It’s too early to say if we have turned a corner.”
A “significant” proportion of the abuse was reported by emergency service workers and more than half happened in the city centre, where 256 crimes were logged.
A report to the committee said many of the incidents took place at night or in more deprived areas of the city, with alcohol “often a factor”.