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No Knives, Better Lives

A successful knife crime education campaign which has seen knife carrying reduce by 35% during a pilot in Inverclyde is to be rolled out to six new areas in Scotland.

Earlier this year, the Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill announced a doubling of funding for the No Knives, Better Lives campaign after new figures showed a second area supported by the initiative – Renfrewshire – had reported a fall in knife carrying during the period of the scheme.

Mr MacAskill has now announced that the initiative will be rolled out to six new areas in Scotland – South Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire, South-East Glasgow, West Edinburgh, East Ayrshire and North Ayrshire – in an effort to replicate similar success in these key areas in the ongoing fight against knife crime.

The No Knives, Better Lives initiative was launched in 2009 and has been working with a range of local partners to educate young people about the dangers and consequences of carrying knives.

The Justice Secretary has also announced that a fresh push of activity will begin in existing areas of Inverclyde, North Edinburgh, Clackmannanshire, Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire.

Latest figures from Strathclyde police reveal there has been a 29% reduction of knife carrying in the Renfrewshire area between April 2010 and January 2011. The same period has also seen a record high for stop and search procedures carried out by Strathclyde Police with over 21,000 searches conducted in Renfrewshire.