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Offensive weapons crime down 60%

Crimes of carrying an offensive weapon in Inverclyde have fallen by 60% since the No Knives Better Lives campaign began in 2009, said Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill, earlier this week.

The new data also reveals that violent crime has fallen by 33% over the same period – 2009/10 to 2012/13.

The No Knives Better Lives campaign was initially piloted in Inverclyde in 2009, and works with local partners including councils, police and youth groups.

It delivers activities in schools and communities to educate and inform young people about the dangers and consequences of carrying a knife and the devastating consequences of knife crime for communities.

Since 2009, the No Knives Better Lives has been rolled out to ten other areas across Scotland.

“Crimes of handling an offensive weapon (including knives) have dropped dramatically in Inverclyde, falling by a massive 60 per cent since No Knives Better Lives was launched and are now at their lowest level in Scotland for 27 years,” said Mr MacAskill.

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