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Hate crimes on disabled prioritised

Tackling hate crimes against disabled people is a priority for the police and prosecution service, the Lord Advocate has said.

Frank Mulholland said such crimes would be treated with a "zero-tolerance" approach.

Mr Mulholland used his speech at a conference on prejudice to highlight the work being done by police and prosecutors to prioritise action against hate crimes.

"We have made great progress in recent years towards tackling racism, sectarianism and homophobia in Scotland but a great deal more needs to be done to highlight the hate crimes in other sections of society, particularly disability," he said. "I would like to reassure anyone who is targeted because of their disability or even a perceived disability that prosecutors will take a zero-tolerance approach to such behaviour and would encourage them to contact law enforcement."

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