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A New Fund to Protect Churches

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A new fund has been launched by the Scottish Government that will pay for Catholic parishes to install CCTV and others security measures.

The hate Crime Security Fund has been developed by the Scottish government in partnership with Police Scotland and faith communities can apply for grants of up to £20,000.

Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Gary Ritchie said: “Faith leaders and their congregations should be able to attend worship without fear of crime or persecution. “Targeting people, places or communities because of their religious affiliation is unacceptable and Police Scotland works alongside our religious communities to safeguard against crime of any nature, and in particular hate crime. officers regularly liaise with community and faith leaders and monitor issues and tensions across Scotland. “We thoroughly investigate every hate crime incident.

We are also aware hate crime is significantly under-reported, and we always encourage anyone who witnesses an incident, be they victim or bystander, to make us aware and allow us to determine whether an offence has been committed.” Individual grants will be available for a maximum of three security measures to mitigate the risk from hate crime, such as CCTV, security doors, alarms, fencing, video intercoms and improved lighting.

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