Children as young as five are ringing a helpline to hear bedtime stories because their alcoholic parents are too intoxicated to put them to bed.
Disabled Hate Crime Soars
Hate crimes against the disabled have more than tripled in five years and prosecutors have warned the rise could be the tip of the iceberg.
Reports of aggravation of prejudice relating to disability have risen from 48 in 2010/11 to 177 last year, official figures from the Crown Office have revealed. There was a 20% increase since 2013/14 alone.
The report states: "There is a broad consensus that this type of crime continues to be under reported compared to other forms of hate crime.
"Both Police Scotland and COPFS (Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service) are engaged in a variety of activities aimed at increasing the level of awareness, especially amongst disability communities, that hate crime is unacceptable and should not be tolerated.''
The number of charges reported in all hate crime categories with the exception of disability fell in 2014/15 compared to the previous year.
Racial crime remains the most commonly reported hate crime, with 3,785 charges reported in 2014/15, but this is the lowest number reported since 2003/04.
Sexual orientation aggravated crime is the second most common type of hate crime. The number of charges reported decreased by 5% in 2014-15 to 841. This is the first annual fall in charges reported since the legislation introducing this aggravation came into force in 2010.
The number of religiously aggravated charges reported, at 569, is at its lowest level since 2004-05. Including charges that are now reported under the Offensive Behaviour at football legislation, religious related charges are at their lowest level since 2009-10.
Charges reported in 2014/15 for threatening communications were 6% lower than in 2013-14, at 193.
Detectives are appealing for information after a 46 year old man was found dead in a house in the Castlemilk area of Glasgow on Friday 17 February.
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) campaigner Gordon Aikman will be remembered as a ''hero'' who faced up to his disease with ''incredible courage and dignity''.
ScotRail has paid out more than £2,000 a day on average to passengers amid complaints of cancellations and delays.
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