RACIALLY and religiously motivated attacks have risen 12% in the past year, according to government figures to be released this week.
The Ministry of Justice statistics show there were 41,000 racially or religiously aggravated offences in 2005-06, the latest year for which figures are available.
Experts are likely to link the increase to fears related to terrorism and immigration.
Following the attack on Glasgow airport in June, racist incidents across Scotland have soared, with sharp rises in violent attacks, abuse and harassment in the four weeks after the car bombing. The worst cases included attempts to blow up an Asian shop and a mosque.
There was a similar rise in attacks on Asians in Britain after the 9/11 atrocity.
The figures out this week will also show black people are seven times more likely to be stopped and searched than white citizens. Black suspects are also far more likely to go to court and prison.
The number of pupils suspended from school for racist abuse rose by nearly one-third in a year, government figures revealed today.
There was a 29% rise in temporary exclusions for this reason in England in 2004-05, taking the figure to 3,390, according to the most recently available information collated by the Department for Education and Skills.
Suspensions for all reasons rose by 13% on the previous year, with one-quarter of all suspensions due to physical attacks on other pupils or staff.