Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has expressed his concern after racially aggravated crimes at Dumfries Sheriff Court almost doubled in just 12 months.
Stats from the Procurator Fiscal show that there were 53 charges reported at Dumfries in 2017/18 in relation to racial crimes, with that figure being only 27 in 2016/17.
Mr Carson has called the sharp rise worrying and called local Police and other stakeholders to work closely together in order to understand the reasons behind the increase.
Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “For the number of racially aggravated crimes to almost double in just a year at Dumfries Sheriff Court, is very worrying indeed.
“We had seen a sharp fall in recent years, but unfortunately last years figures show that trend has not continued.
“I hope the Police and other local organisations can work closely together to find out why there has been such a sharp increase in a short space of time.
“Any victim of a racially aggravated crime will feel the lasting effects and there must continue to be a zero tolerance approach to these crimes.
“I hope that with everyone working closely together, we will see a major reduction in the number of charges brought forward on racial crimes at Dumfries Sheriff Court in 2018/19.”