An 18-year-old is to stand trial for allegedly seizing a trans person by the arm and throat in Scotland. Todd Campbell is facing trial for the alleged hate attack, which happened at House of Singh in Ardrossan, Ayrshire, a town 30 miles south-west of Glasgow. The thug allegedly yelled transphobic slurs at the victim, which allowed to qualify the incident as a hate crime on the basis of the person’s gender identity. His trial will be held at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court in May 2020. The number of hate crimes against trans people recorded by police in England, Scotland and Wales increased by 81% between 2016/17 and 2017/18. According to statistics obtained by the BBC, there were 1944 crimes across 36 UK police forces in the last financial year — up from 1073 in 2016-17.