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Police record a fall in racist incidents in Scotland

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Most racist incidents happen on Fridays and Saturdays in the evening time

The number of racist incidents recorded by Scottish police forces fell by 2% between 2007-2008 to 2008-2009.

However, the Central, Dumfries & Galloway and Grampian forces all recorded an increase.

A racist incident is defined in the Scottish government report as any incident "perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person".

The number of racist crimes also fell by 1%, but this was the first drop recorded in five years.

Of these, about 46% of the perpetrators were aged 20 or under and the most frequently recorded crime was racially aggravated conduct.

The most common days on which an incident occurred were Friday and Saturday, with more incidents generally occurring between the hours of 1800 to midnight.

The report covers a five year period from 2004-2009, over which time the number of racist incidents reported to police has increased by 13%.

The Scottish government said data collection and a greater public confidence in the police to deal with race crime has been partly responsible for the increases in previous years.

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