Teenager charged over alleged hate crime at newsagents

The incident, involving a 13-year-old boy, occurred on Sunday at a store on Arbroath Road in Dundee

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A teenager has been charged in connection with a hate crime at a newsagents.

The incident happened on Sunday at the premises on Arbroath Road in Dundee.

Following an investigation, a 13-year-old boy was identified and reported to the Youth Justice Assessor.

According to Police Scotland, a hate crime happens when a person takes a dislike or shows prejudice towards someone’s disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity, and when the crime is motivated, wholly or partly, by malice or ill will.

These five groups, or “protected characteristics”, are covered by the hate crime legislation in Scotland.

However, a victim of hate crime does not necessarily always fall into one of these groups, police said.

Anyone who feels they have been subject to hate crime can report to police by calling 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency.

They can also report it in-person at any police station, or by filling out a form on the Police Scotland website.