Hike in hate crime after cup final riot.
Byline: MARK MCGIVERN firstname.lastname@example.org
VIOLENT scenes at last year's Scottish Cup final were part of a huge annual rise in hate crimes.
The 140 charges against Rangers and Hibs fans made up a third of the 377 offences recorded for 2016-2017 under Offensive Behaviour at Football legislation.
Other hate crimes to show a rise included religiously aggravated charges, which were up 14 per cent at 673.
Almost half of victims in religiously aggravated charges were police, the Crown Office figures show.
Sexual orientation aggravated crime was up five per cent on the previous year, with 1075 charges.
Racial crimes were down 10 per cent on 2015-16, while there were 188 charges reported in 2016-17 with an aggravation of prejudice relating to disability.
TROUBLE 2016 cup final