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The number of hate crimes targeting people in the north and north-east because of their sexual orientation has soared in the last two years.

Police in the region are now receiving reports of such crimes almost once every three days, according to new figures obtained by The Press and Journal.

The findings come after a string of successful pride events across the region, including a 3,000-strong parade through Aberdeen in May.

LGBT equality campaigners have branded the new findings “alarming” – and are warning that the true numbers are likely to be far higher due to rampant under-reporting from victims.

According to the official Police Scotland statistics, officers were alerted to 103 crimes where someone’s sexual orientation was an “aggravating factor” in the year to April.

By comparison, they were called to 50 over the course of 2016-17.

Deejay Bullock, the founder of Aberdeen-based LGBT support charity Four Pillars, and Grampian Pride event manager, said: “It’s alarming to see the figures going up, not down.

“We are aware, through our work with the community, that a lot of people do not report crimes, because they think it’s too small an issue or nothing will get done.

“It is true that sometimes justice is hard to obtain and individual cases may not secure a prosecution but that doesn’t mean it is too small.



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